Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Toilet training

I've just spent the past couple of hours continuing my plumbing education - in an unschooling sort of way, of course. Since both of our toilets decided to quit working at the same time, I didn't have much choice. The neighbors like us just fine, but loaning the use of one's toilet on a regular basis would probably strain even the best of neighborly relationships. Had my dear husband been home, he'd have called a plumber, but how much fun is that?

So, one Home Depot trip for toilet guts, a few hours of slopping around in the tanks while trying to decipher cryptic directions, and about $20 later, we're back in business. I tried my best to spark a plumbing interest in my kids, but alas, it appears that both take after their father when it comes to fixing toilets.

Wikipedia on unschooling

I just had occasion to take a look at what Wikipedia has to say about unschooling. Interesting, but it doesn't seem quite there yet. What would you change?

Wiki technology is really intriguing to me. I think it holds lots of potential for collaborative development of resources for homeschooling.

If you repeat it often enough...

Recently, HSLDA has been claiming that 80% of homeschoolers are evangelical Christians, as they do in this article in Insight Magazine. What a load of bunk. Ian Slatter of HSLDA says,

"It's difficult to get exact numbers, but about 80 percent are evangelical Christians and 20 percent are nonreligious."

So, Ian, say we accept for the moment that 20% of homeschoolers are non-religious. What about all the NON-evangelical Christians, and the Muslims, Buddhists, Baha'is, Jews, Unitarians, Pagans, Hindus, etc. that homeschool. You seem to have forgotten about them when you fabricated your statistics.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Just experimenting

I am LOVING the new blogger! It may take me a while to update my old style template to include the new features I want to use though. So far I've added comments to my posts and put a link list of recent posts in the sidebar - both features I've been wanting.