Sunday Reading

I meant to post this days ago, but my laptop isn’t cooperating unless I stand on my head and click my heels 3 times (roundabouts the charge connection).  1 hour battery life on this computer doesn’t make for good blogging.  But my house is getting cleaner….sorta.

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Please check out the Carnival of Homeschooling at Apollos Academy.  It’s the "The Sky is Falling" Edition.  I’m partial to the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing story today. 

An interesting fella, Marshall Fritz, passed away recently.  He left a legacy with very strong opinions about education that he followed up with by founding an organization: Alliance for the Separation of School and State. From Lisa Snell’s article in the Hawaii Reporter:

Marshall Fritz, the longtime libertarian leader who founded the Advocates for Self-Government and created the world-famous World’s Smallest Political Quiz, died November 4th of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65.

I knew Marshall Fritz as the founder of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State. He wisely advised that "Sunday School, Monday School—Neither is the Business of Government." He wrote, "some people think that the American "public school system" is broken so they try to fix it. The truth is that public schooling is not broken. Rather, it is succeeding in its main objective—strengthening government by undermining parents…"

We did an election study in our group a couple of presidential elections ago and it was a big hit.  All of us (adults) behaved ourselves and just listened and got a kick out of what the kids had to say. 
Kudos for a great idea: homeschoolers learning more about their area. 
Below is a fun Chicago ‘burbs story about creative elections (in a good sense) run by homeschoolers.  :

With the Presidential election season at its close, it is easy to take all of the election fatigue and forget about our roles as citizens in affecting local politics. And it is never too early to begin learning about how to participate.

Aurora homeschooling mother, Mary Walton, recently organized a group of fellow homeschooling families to engage in learning about elections. With children ranging from toddler-age to high school, a "Mock Park Election" was held. Homeschooling families were not divided along traditional party lines to vote for individuals. Instead, students and parents visited local parks, campaigned for their favorites and helped fellow homeschoolers learn about the histories of area towns, Illinois and the entire electoral process.

Well, that’s all my meandering thoughts for the day. (My computer is giving me the blinky sign that it will self-destruct in 4 minutes too.)
Baby, it’s cold and cloudy outside.  I’m not ready for winter, but it’s ready for us.  Our chicken house is almost done.  The chickens are snug, but I think Pat and Dillon aren’t as they put on the final roofing materials this afternoon.  I feel guilty.  Maybe I’ll whip up a hot toddy for them. 


Sunday Reading — 2 Comments

  1. I have been having great fun blogging our walking tour of Albuquerque–it will resume next week. It was entirely apolitical which was a great treat in the midst of the nastiest campaign in history.

  2. This campaign has been nasty and it doesn’t seem to be getting any less so after the election.
    Elisheva,I have some harvest pics I hope to post soon. They might make you homesick for the corn and beans, even though your view now is pretty darn good.

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