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    Filed at 6:37 pm under by dcobranchi

    This front-page WaPo piece [Username: HEOS1234@mailinator.com Password: HEOS1234] on the utter incompetence of the Coalition Provisional Government (CPA) in Iraq is lighting up Left Blogistan. It includes this tidbit:

    Many of those chosen by O’Beirne’s office to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq’s government from April 2003 to June 2004, lacked vital skills and experience. A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance — but had applied for a White House job — was sent to reopen Baghdad’s stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq’s $13 billion budget, even though they didn’t have a background in accounting.

    That’s our favorite non-accredited fundy HSLDA-backed college, of course. Read the whole article. But not on a full stomach. The cronyism makes FEMA look like a well-oiled machine.

    6 Responses to “WHEN POLITICS AND HOMESCHOOLING MEET”


    Comment by
    Hal
    September 18th, 2006
    at 8:38 am

    I’m surprised you cite non-accreditation as a criticism of Patrick Henry College, Daryl. Differences in philosophy, politics, theology, affiliation, fine, but as home educators, aren’t we past the argument that “accreditation” means “quality education”?


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 18th, 2006
    at 9:48 am

    Hal, the issue is that the Patrick Henry student had no background in accounting. Do stay on topic.

    PH is non-accredited because they believe they need to meet different standards than other schools do, namely God’s standards. Since the accreditation standards are designed to make sure colleges are performing adequately with regard to academics, this effectively means that PH thinks their commitment to God trumps actual teaching.


    Comment by
    speedwell
    September 18th, 2006
    at 9:50 am

    And the difference between accrediting colleges and accrediting home schools is simple; home schools are not institutions with typical classrooms that gather paying students from the community, and colleges are. Communities have an interest in governing the standards of their community-sponsored schools, and not in the standards of home schools.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 18th, 2006
    at 10:56 am

    I was just looking for adjectives to describe the school without naming it. Accreditation is irrelevant to the issue at hand (as are all of the other adjectives).


    Comment by
    Hal
    September 18th, 2006
    at 1:23 pm

    Speedwell, I wasn’t commenting on the merits of the article or its criticisms; I wouldn’t give that type of responsiblity to an unexperienced 24-year-old, either. It just seemed inconsistent to make outside accreditation a point of criticism toward PHC — or any other privately funded educational system, where caveat emptor and marketplace decisions still apply. My comment was just a side note, the same as Daryl’s.


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    September 18th, 2006
    at 1:27 pm

    FWIW — this article was also mentioned during a hearing today on having more Congressional oversight — on C-Span.

    It seems that Congressional oversight might actually be a good idea. . . hmmm. . . whadda you know! 🙂

    Nance