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    Filed at 7:02 pm under by dcobranchi

    The co-founder of Pollster.com believes that homeschoolers could make a difference in the race for the head of the Wisconsin g-schools.

    “One of the advantages of home schoolers is that they tend to connect with one another — they share websites and emails — and as a result they’re more connected to one another and that could conceivably have an effect of raising turnout among people who are particularly concerned for alternative schooling in the state.”

    Franklin says home-schoolers are withdrawn from the traditional brick and mortar public schools, but not from the state — they have a huge network of friends, community, curricula websites, and support from organizations, all in favor of alternative education.

    “Whether that’s enough to make a big difference in the election remains to be seen.”

    Sorry, but I’m not buyin’ it. I just don’t see a bunch of homeschoolers getting all riled up over which educrat is in charge. We left all that behind us, right?

    3 Responses to “DO WE REALLY CARE?”

    Comment by
    April 6th, 2009
    at 8:05 pm

    Well maybe, except for someone like me who thinks education is the answer to all questions. 🙂

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    April 7th, 2009
    at 7:03 am

    The hsers may all be riled up about alt ed and who gets the next chair but you’d have to get them to agree to get a particular outcome.

    The old problem of herding cats.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    April 7th, 2009
    at 8:27 am

    Daryl, a post at Dana’s Principled Discovery drew this hsing dad’s comment:

    “I think there is a larger social ill/issue that comes from the seat time mentality (which is totally a reality in the school system): Jobs.

    I know many people who see their job as requiring little more than to look busy for a precisely defined amount of time. …I even catch myself thinking this.”

    Families without kids in school are no less part of the public. We all care about our communities, our economy and the planet, can’t leave it all behind, so I argue that we’d better care about how the “public” is schooled . . . they’re the vast majority and we all have to live with the results.