Home education is being discovered in a new wave of families stepping out of the public school testing grind. Despite the author’s assumption homeschooling was the “sole province of the very religious” – the hippified, less hippified, religious, “very religious” and the many with lifestyles weaving in and out of the above labels also fit the homeschool description.
From Syracuse, New York:
Decorah Eagle on three eggs
From All About Birds:
Getting ready to settle down
Bald Eagles build some of the largest of all bird nests—typically 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall, and ranging in shape from cylindrical to conical to flat, depending on the supporting tree. Both sexes bring materials to the nest, but the female does most of the placement. They weave together sticks and fill in the cracks with softer material such as grass, moss, or cornstalks. The inside of the nest is lined first with lichen or other fine woody material, then with downy feathers and sometimes sprigs of greenery. Ground nests are built of whatever’s available, such as kelp and driftwood near coastal shorelines. Nests can take up to three months to build, and may be reused (and added to) year after year.
Despite the snow, the eggs look snug under their parents. Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon enough to make their job a little easier.
Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 5.37.16 PM from Decorah Eagle Cam
Concerns have been put out there in the aftermath of the Romeike family’s asylum pursuit from Germany. An Indiana US Representative passed along his concerns and his previous statements opposing the Obama administration interference.
The Romeike family from Germany lost the Supreme Court hearing, but gained “indefinite deferred status” bestowed by the Department of Homeland Security (ICE). There are some concerning HSLDA statements about future legislation showing this issue will not go away anytime soon. Homeschoolers in private school states like Illinois and Texas should watch out.
Here’s more news on the Romeike situation. Continue reading