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    Filed at 5:51 am under by dcobranchi

    Fire your press agent.

    This has to be the absolutely least effective press release that I have ever seen. I’ll pull a couple quotes. You tell me if you’re inspired to buy the book:

    “The spurt in home education means added concerns for the state authorities and parents both. There are papers to be filled out, curricula to get decided, and the school committees to be aptly convinced about. But this shall not leave you disheartened”, says the author. “We are going online with this ebook, just to make your home education process smooth. And this doesn’t take more than fifty minutes or so to explain you about its various contents.”

    What makes her ebook guide more significant, according to Sara, is the manner that she has chosen to communicate her ideas with. “I have laid out only that much information that I know you might be buying this ebook (http://www.homeschoolingtip.com) for. So if you had enough patience to stay on reading for an hour or so, be assured to get all your answers,” says Sara.

    No doubt, more and more parents are turning out these days towards counseling methods of various kinds. “The decision about homeschooling is never easy to undertake. It requires a personal feat on the part of parents to be good teachers and guardians both,” explains Sara. “Nobody could force you, on the other hand, to take up those demanding roles. It’s up to you to make your mind. However, we do try to make that decision of yours be a smooth in kind. And we do so by going on in a clinical fashion,” says the author.

    The language is so stilted. Does anyone know if Sara Jenkins is not a native English speaker?

    And an aside to Mimi– See? I make fun of other people’s press releases, too.

    6 Responses to “A HOMESCHOOLING TIP”

    Comment by
    November 8th, 2005
    at 8:39 am

    Actually, I’m thinking the whole thing looks like a scam. In only 50 pages she promises to “teach you everything you need to know to set up school at home.”

    The promtional copy is full of “textbook” words like secrets, tips etc and the whole thing implies that you can homeschool without putting any real thought into it. Just follow her instructions and you are guaranteed success.

    I think I’ll pass, and I hope the rest of the world does too.

    Comment by
    November 8th, 2005
    at 1:59 pm

    I want to know who has “PROVEN” (as she says) her way of successful homeschooling 🙂

    Comment by
    November 8th, 2005
    at 6:17 pm

    Wow! She makes is sound like it is so danged difficult! You need to *prove* yourself to the authorities and get their *approval*, you need to deal with courts, you need to justify all your teaching methods. Do all states even require that all kids 6-16 attend schools? I thought that some states started at 7 or even 8….

    I can only imagine how general the advice must be. A quick trip to your library and a few good homeschooling books I am sure would answer more questions.

    Comment by
    November 8th, 2005
    at 9:25 pm

    Do you really think Mimi’s still reading? I agree with Chris. Sound like a ‘send me $20 and I’ll send you the secret to how to become a millionaire.’

    Comment by
    November 9th, 2005
    at 12:22 am

    YIKES!!!! Someone call the grammar sheriff!!!!
    Sounds like the instruction book from a bike made in China 🙁

    Comment by
    November 9th, 2005
    at 5:01 am

    Well, someone keeps searching the archives for “Mimi Roth” and “Mimi Rothschild.” I know for a fact that she employs some kind of service that scans blogs for negative comments. That’s how she found me in the first place.