Thursday, January 4, 2007 in books, linky love, pop culture for homeschoolers

Jane Austen and I are bestest buds

Tons o’ linkage for you tonight, on a Ms. Austen theme.

Read her works at Gutenburg.
Get familiar with the lady herself at Wikipedia.

How about a Jane Austen font?

And something I’m *squee*ing over: The Republic of Pemberly: A Jane Austen fansite. The place is HUGE as well as full of like-minded people.

Still can’t get enough? How about blogs devoted to Austen happenings?
Austen Blog
Austen-tatious

And we can’t leave without a whole pile of BOOKS.
Something for my wishlist: 8 books in 1: Jane Austen’s Complete Novels
History Of England (bet you didn’t know about that one)
This one looks frightfully interesting for bibliophiles:
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew : From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

And food:
Jane Austen Cookbook
Tea with Jane Austen

Thursday, November 23, 2006 in homeschooling, pop culture for homeschoolers

And this is why I will never watch his show again

Tomorrow (Friday) Dr Phill will have a show on about homeschooling. Think he’ll take a fair and balanced, educated look at it?

Think again.

Read this account of an audience member.

The short version is he stacks the audience with high school kids after telling guests they can’t bring their own children, features an UNschooling family as representative of the vast methods out there and present it as something across the board, implies that if it doesn’t look like school then the kids don’t learn and will be wild, and in short pulls one of his famous “bait and switch” techniques. The guests felt they were there to show homschooling as on option, to educate the public, yet he treats them like he’s there to solve a problem. Which they don’t have.

Basically, many of the times I’ve flipped over to watch for a few minutes I’ve seen more and more guests be grilled by him with a “that’s not what you told our producers” and him making them looks like idoits as he spins things however he wants to present it, complete with footage that has been edited to back up his point.

On tomorrow’s show they taken however many HOURS of taping they did at the guests house, and condense it down to 30 seconds, using just the footage of the kids “laying around doing nothing” and telling America that’s how this family homeschools. I also know of many of the more well-known people in the homeschooling movement and seasoned hmeschoolers contacted the show when they were looking for guests, and they were turned down.

You know what Phil? I’m not going to call you doctor any more. And to answer your famous question, “How that’s workin’ for ya?”

It’s working pretty friggin good, thank you very much. Now quit yapping about things you know nothing about, and leave it to those of us who do.

Monday, August 21, 2006 in pop culture for homeschoolers

Coolest video EVER

I stuck the video behind the cut, in case it hangs on your computer. Get the kids to watch, and you’ve covered Phys Ed (theory), Music and Physics. ;) Enjoy it, we all did and the song’s not bad either.

(category idea from COD.)

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