Friday, December 05, 2008
Boy, that pic stinks!
Author Milton Gaither recently wrote a book titled Homeschool: An American History. You can read the introduction on the web. Here's an excerpt:
While sweeping generalizations are difficult to make for such a broad time span, I will hazard a few here. First, education in the home has indeed been a constant throughout the period, but its social meaning has changed dramatically. We will see, for example a gradual shift from the colonial period when civil government aggressively enforced a certain sort of home education to the slow and voluntary eclipse of home instruction by other institutions, to the antagonism between home and school that has been a hallmark of the homeschooling movement, and finally to an increasing hybridization of home and school today. In my view something truly revolutionary is happening with the homeschooling movement that can only be understood if we take the long view. Historian John Demos once wrote that the history of the family in America “has been a history of contraction and withdrawal; its central theme is the gradual surrender to other institutions of functions that once lay very much within the realm of family responsibility.” But in our own time we are seeing a reversal of this longstanding pattern. Homeschooling is only the most obvious example here. Others include the rise in popularity of house churches among some conservative Protestants, the preference for live-in nannies and “au pairs” over day care among those who can afford it, the fashion of home-births by midwives among many “crunchy” Americans, home-based hospice care, telecommuting, and the like. Some of the fuss over homeschooling may be due to the fact that it has been on the cutting edge of a larger renegotiation of the accepted boundaries between public and private, personal and institutional.
So my son just got this talking globe for his birthday. Yesterday, we were doing "continents". It asked us to find "Oceania". I was stumped.
I had no idea that it was another name for the continent/region of Australia.
Wasn't it a Oceanic Airlines plane that crashed on Lost?
Continued personal learning is just one of the many thrilling wonders of homeschooling.
I also recently learned about Ceres from my 4 year old son.