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Showing posts with label stereotypes. Show all posts

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Homeschoolers ripped apart on TV

Mainstream media cannot be trusted to portray homeschoolers in a good light. Three times this week, while watching TV, I felt a vein popping in my head as TV shows did their best to make homeschoolers out to be complete goof balls.

The first was Jesus Camp which I only watched for a few minutes which made it look like parents only talked about religion and Christian View Science. I never saw a math lesson, a grammar lesson etc. Are you telling me these things never happened.

The second was mom swap where the girls where being taught from feminist point of view and any "girly" behavior was a problem.

The final show was Nanny 911 (or something like that), where two teenage girls were using a charter public school (not homeschooling, but public school at home) and being left alone all day to do their work while watching 3 toddlers... this means they got no work done.

Aren't there any well adjusted homeschooling families willing to go on TV? I take that back... what well adjusted person would want their lives ripped up by some overzealous editor.

Never mind.

update: here is a link to follow the SuperNanny story.
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Does what you name your child affect their education

As homeschoolers, this is not a worry... for now, but still something that cannot be overlooked. What you name your child can and will affect the way 'professional' educators view them and will also affect the kind of effort put into their education. It will however have an effect in college applications and the job market.

As an African American, I have always been painfully aware that a name could get in in the front door, or lock you out. I saw many friends with Afrocentric names and funny nicknames unable to break through certain barriers. (Those who did, altered or changed their names.) My mother used to point out that she named me, and chose the names of many of her nieces and nephews carefully for that reason. Yes she was one of those relatives that would passionately campaign and bombard pregnant women with name choices. Still, I cannot complain about my name. It is one of those names that leaves everything to the imagination. It it a distinctly girly name, but ethnically, it is no clues as to my background. Like me, my children also have names that are ethnically neutral, and my daughter holds a name that does not reveal her sex either.

Why am I bringing this up? This subject was driven home by The president of the National Education Association who instead of saying teachers were sent to inner city schools, he said "They're going to send them to teach where Ray-Ray, Little Willie, Little Man, Too-sweet, and Chiquita are in the classroom." Link here My goodness! And you want me to trust my kids education to a person with this kind of thinking?


Now, this does not mean that I think ethnocentric names are bad. After all, we live in a different time than the one I grew up in, and each person has the right to name their own child what they will. But there is still an ignorant minority (in power) who will label your children based on those names. It's sad, but true.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Homeschooling is not too expensive... part two

In addition to this video I posted on rumors that homeschooling was too expensive, I also wrote this article. Share it with your friends

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I am not a freak... Let's bust some stereotypes!

I just read a blog (on a paid membership site) from someone who is homeschooling this year because of their child's disability. She says she went into a homeshool supply store and was stared at by the regular homeschooling freaks.

She was wearing jeans and a t-shirt (gasp) and stood out from the skirt and blouse wearing homeschool freaks.

So please tell me... what do you wear when you homeschool?