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  • FURTHER THOUGHTS ON CO-OPS

    Filed on September 1, 2005 at 9:39 am under by dcobranchi

    I’m promoting this from the comments here, because I think it represents a more nuanced expression of my viewpoint than my original snark blast:

    I don’t begrudge anybody the chance to choose something that works for their kids, but I do hope they know exactly what it is they’re choosing.

    See, in all of this I’m talking more about school as a mindset as opposed to a physical place. Take a group of people who have severally rejected the factory model of education, put them together in one building for a certain amount of time on a certain day each week for “enrichment”, and a school emerges unbidden (and by that I mean increasing numbers of rules, and homework, and schoolish instruction methods, and an obsession with process as opposed to true learning). It’s really a measure of how deep schooling burrows into our psyches that, no matter what our intentions going in, it seems almost impossible to escape.

    LETTER OF THE DAY

    Filed on at 6:19 am under by dcobranchi

    I think Hal blew this one:

    “Home school” defined

    My wife is a graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, and we are long time home schooling parents. I was interested in the comments of NCSSM student Adam Hinnant in the Aug. 24 article, “N.C. School of Science and Mathematics urged to share success.” Hinnant spoke of “my home school” when comparing NCSSM with his previous educational experience. However, the Wilson Daily Times reported last week that Hinnant was formerly a student at Fike High School in Wilson, and not a home-schooler at all. I’m sure this was an inadvertent oversight on Hinnant’s part. Actually, the term “home school” is defined by North Carolina statute as “a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.” While some school boards have appropriated it for various public school choice programs, the term “home school” should not be used to refer to programs which are funded by the taxpayers and directed by government agencies. Neither is true of home schooling, which is — by law — an independent, parent-directed, and privately funded educational option.

    HAL YOUNG
    DURHAM
    August 29, 2005
    Editor’s note: The writer is president of North Carolinians for Home Education.

    The term “home school” (two words) is often used to refer to the school from which a student transferred into a magnet or charter program. For example:

    If it does not receive its certificate by tomorrow, Chesapeake Science Point “will not be permitted to open its doors for students,” the letter said. Families of enrolled pupils also received a certified letter, indicating that the children should enroll in their home school Friday if a permit is not issued.

    I think Hal owes Hinnant an apology.

    BUT I THOUGHT ID WAS ALL ABOUT SCIENCE

    Filed on at 6:09 am under by dcobranchi

    The Discovery Institute can’t sufficiently rein in all of ID’s supporters. From Ray Moore, founder of Exodus Mandate:

    The current Supreme Court interpretation of the separation of church and state has allowed the public schools to ignore the long-held belief by most Americans that God is the Creator.

    Now the same separation views are used to limit the access of intelligent design views to our public school children.

    …The evolutionary dogmatists are unlikely to bend since they have the power, the media and Supreme Court decisions since the Everson case to assure their continued control of public education. Orthodox Christians are wasting time asking for equal time for intelligent design in the public schools. George Bush cannot help on this.

    Of course that’s what ID is all about– getting religion (particularly conservative Christianity) back into the public schools. The DI likes to pretend that it’s all about the science. Riiiiight!

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