A Few Good Reads

There’s some news stories and web pages that have caught my interest lately. Here’s a few of them…

Who Stole Homeschooling? This article talks about the history of the homeschooling movement in the US and how some groups have claimed ownership, made exclusionary rules and changed the spirit of the movement over the years.  I think it has an important message about our need to be there for new homeschoolers, to support each other and to speak for ourselves when organizations attempt to take our voice.

There are still good groups, good folks, good leaders and great support available outside of these heirarchical, exclusive groups, but they aren't always easy to find. Folks have to do their own homework and seek them out. I'm reluctantly coming to the conclusion that those who homeschool strictly for the love of children are probably never going to be as organized, as visible, or as powerful as those who homeschool for religious or political reasons...

Those of us who are inclined to be inclusive, relationship oriented, and concerned primarily for our homeschooled children will be less frustrated if we understand that regardless what has happened to the homeschooling movement itself, there are, in fact, still homeschoolers who are ready and willing to offer their support and encouragement without strings or agendas to families outside of the machinery and averse to it, who are still and only homeschooling for the love of their children. Just as we did in years past, we can continue to speak up every chance we get. We can let folks know we're out here, we can let them know which organizations do and do not speak for us, we can dispute questionable research and openly, publicly, reject the publicly-made statements of people when they do not really represent us.

Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tide

I had no idea that Japan’s earthquake shifted the entire country so that it’s been literally pulled out and under the sea more than it was.  Coastal towns now flood twice a day, and the changes are permanent.

Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on the streets slosh through the sea water in rubber boots or on bicycle…

As surrounding areas clear rubble and make plans to rebuild, residents in this section of Ishinomaki are stuck in limbo — their homes are mostly undamaged and ineligible for major insurance claims or government compensation, but twice a day the tide swamps their streets…

“Everyone here still has housing loans they have to pay, and you can’t give away this land, let alone sell it,” says Seietsu Sasaki, 57, who also has to pay off loans on two cars ruined in the flooding…

The article goes into the science behind the shift and also offers the dire news that summer rains will begin next month and in the autumn, tides will be higher.

10 Educational History Podcasts To Subscribe & Listen To

These all sound great.  I guess podcasts are in our future.  🙂

And a few of my latest yappings…

On the homeschooling front:

On the green front…

Tomorrow we have homeschool day at the Petroglyphs.  It’s art day, and the kids will get to make glorious messes with all sorts of art supplies.  I’m sure it will be a fun day!





2 thoughts on “A Few Good Reads

  1. Alicia, how is it that even when pregnant and with a thousand more things to do than I do, you manage to unearth such great finds? 🙂 Thank you for sharing these and wishing you some rest this week.


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