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  1. I usually like The Hidden Brain, so I was curious. The transcript is here if anyone wants to read instead of listen: She brings up some good points that I think may be of concern. In particular, she's talking about how students are having short term relationships (which includes relationships with sex and also with what you might call "making out" but without sex) without any emotional connections. And that emotional connections in that context are seen as weak, desperate, and generally wrong and undesirable. But... I don't think in broad practice that it's that different from the past. Like, she also talks about students using alcohol to loosen up to make sex more possible and less serious. Um, that's been a thing since the first people discovered the joys of fermentation. Also, so has casual sex. And the ways in which it can be good and bad for people. I would actually argue that this is not about students brewing tea at all. It's more about broad trends in how we interact with each other - and that includes people of a lot of generations.
  2. I mean, of course it's an opinion. So is mine? It just surprises me to hear on a homeschool forum that things like going to an amusement park and doing physics problems calculating forces and so forth aren't "really" educational, which is basically what you're saying. For me, part of the whole point of homeschooling is that I know that learning doesn't have to happen through a textbook (not that there's anything wrong with that either).
  3. Sexual mores are always changing. Today's young people have less sex overall. They may also be turning away from serious relationships in college. That could have good aspects (more focus on studies and career goals) and negative ones (less practice with long term commitments, less emotional connections). I'm not sold that in and of itself this is anything bad. But I also think that brewing a pot one time for fun, as long as it's consensual, is fine. I have no moral judgment of that practice at all. Unless there's more to this... Basically, this just seems like yet another, oh no, young people do things differently thing. Meh.
  4. Since sex rates are massively lower, if it's a problem, it's statistically less of one than when we were in college.
  5. And, look, to be clear, if you don't want to go outside the box or do horseback lessons or parkour for PE or take big field trips, that's fine. But I'm a little surprised to be told in a dismissive way that those things aren't educational on a homeschool board, of all places. When school kids do these things... I'm sure sometimes they're done in an educational way and sometimes they aren't. Just like homeschoolers. When I was in the classroom, some of the field trips I oversaw were very educational. And very worthwhile for the kids in a variety of measures, even if not every second was spent on worksheets and filling things out somewhere. And I don't know if states should allow spending on those things by homeschoolers either. Honestly, I think maybe they shouldn't. We get nothing here. If you homeschool, it's like choosing a private school. It's on you to pay. Like I said above, maybe it should be a very limited amount, with more for special needs. But also, I DO think public schools should do those things - I think they should take kids outside to parks and amusement parks and to weird classes and to farm days and all that stuff. I think it makes a school a better place most of the time. So then in that context, I don't know. I do know that the way that California's charters is run is a problem and they should crack down. But also, if I was there, I'd take advantage of it like everyone else.
  6. We did a bunch of the things from this packet: I felt pretty good about it as a fun and educational day. They run it for classroom kids at most amusement parks and schools bring busloads. Disney runs educational days as well where they do these types of classes with science and engineering. Is it extravagant? I mean, maybe. Definitely not necessary, like I said. But I absolutely dispute that it's not educational. If you don't want to call it school, that's fine. But I feel zero guilt about calling that a school day.
  7. The thing is... what on the list isn't educational? A number of the things are definitely not necessary. But I would argue that they're all educational. I dropped over $100 last week to take my kids to an amusement park to do calculations for physics and celebrate the year. Did I have to? Nope. Was every moment we spent there educational? Um, definitely not. But if I got money from the state for education and had enough, I'd totally have spent it on that and not felt a bit bad about it. Same with, say, ds's ballet education. If I had that money, I'd totally drop it on ballet with no guilt. I feel like the onus is on the state to define the use of those funds more clearly and oversee them.
  8. The only sense in which HSLDA "cares" about public education money is that they think there should be less of it - including for public school kids. The California model is not the norm in most states. No, it's not the only state with public charters that fund homeschooling, but it's pretty rare. How many other states even do this? I know there are a couple of others, but is it, what, like three states? In any case, it's not common. I love homeschooling. I want more options and money available to all people nationwide. But honestly, if I lived in a state that was just handing over thousands to every homeschooler with limited oversight, I'd be annoyed. As others are posting, the per pupil spending costs in schools represent overhead that we don't have. Plus they are averaged out and go to support students who are really cheap to educate and kids with severe disabilities who need one on one aides as well as medical and technological support that's costly. In an ideal world, I'd like to see all of us get a few hundred dollars for books and materials with some oversight, but not the per pupil amount or anywhere near it like in California. And then to have a program for students with special needs who are being homeschooled to access additional monies. I think Florida has a program like that? And then to have more schools allow homeschoolers to access hybrid and afterschool programs.
  9. The media goes to HSLDA because they actively claim to speak for all homeschoolers and all homeschool interests. That is simply not true. In as much as they misrepresent the homeschool community, I absolutely do blame them for this. They know they only represent a tiny number of members, they know that secular homeschooling and homeschooling tied to online and charter schools is growing, yet they continue to claim to be the voice of all of us. It will continue until homeschoolers who do not fit into the HSLDA mold - secular homeschoolers, hybrid and charter homeschoolers, etc. - get a nationwide voice that's as loud.
  10. I'm often greatly bothered by HSLDA purporting to represent all homeschoolers in the media. They go in and say that such and such a thing is or isn't mainstream in homeschooling. It's like, you don't represent me. But secular and hybrid schoolers don't have a good, strong, nationwide media voice. AND WE NEED ONE. Because until we have one, HSLDA will keep speaking for us all and news outlets will keep asking them to.
  11. I totally see what you're saying. You're not bothered by HSLDA's position per se, but by the fact that to get the homeschooled charter family side of it, the newspaper asked HSLDA and HSLDA walked right in happily, basically claiming to speak for you, when they've always opposed your method of education.
  12. The idea that parkour isn't PE is absurd. Like, come on. It seems to me that there are different issues here. On the one hand, there is corruption in the California charter system. There just is. On the other hand, lots of kids go to Disney through school, especially the education days. And the list of "special" classes don't seem absurd to me at all. And then there's the idea that you can home educate for a lot less. Well, yes, you really can. But it's a lot harder at the high school level. And some kids need that much funding because of special needs.
  13. Honestly, I'm surprised by how loud the domestic alley cats can get sometimes. And how weird they can sound. Things that are basically harmless and avoid people can make a ruckus.
  14. I’ve known of families who had long term low level infestations in between bouts. So that’s why I suggested it. But if you’re sure none of you had them in the interim, then, yeah, likely bad luck. 🙁
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