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JumpyTheFrog last won the day on April 19 2013

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  1. Sure, the thread title sounds demanding. I don't care. It's a little hard to talk between coughing fits.
  2. Thanks Gil. BTW, is your username pronounced "gill" (like a fish gill) or "Jill"? For some reason it bothers me that I might be pronouncing it wrong in my head.
  3. I would love to see vo-tech classes come back to high schools. I'd also like to see everyone encouraged to try them so they don't have a stigma of being only for "dumb kids." Unfortunately, offering them is still perceived by many as racist. I guess decades ago some groups were pushed into them almost automatically, and people assume the same thing would happen again. My grandfather's girlfriend's sons worked together to restore and sell old classic cars and snowmobiles. I asked where they learned the skills. She said when they were kids, one learned to restore cars in autobody classes at school and the other learned to paint them.
  4. I read about a state that had (or was considering) making the second year of community college free. I guess the idea was that then money wouldn't be wasted on all the people who go and drop-out without giving it a good try. Do these countries have problems with people proclaiming the tests are biased if various subpopulations have different results on them? I can't imagine our country making the switch because people would be screaming entrance exams are racist, ableist, sexist, etc.
  5. Gil, I enjoy reading the detailed descriptions of how language learning has happened at your house. I think many homeschooling families think that one curriculum is enough to make progress. I am inclined to think that several approaches done at the same time will work better. Can you start a separate thread about your Homeschooling Commandments? I'd like to hear what they are. I think having my own list could serve as a useful framework for making planning decisions for next year.
  6. I need help knowing where to try shopping. I am a little on the short side, so I need a place with petite pants. Here are the problems I have: Target: The shirts and dresses are too low cut and/or generally rather see-through. They don't seem to have much in the way of petite pants. Kohl's: Not much petite stuff either. Too much stuff is that shiny, spandex-like fabric that shows every roll of fat, if you know what I mean. Also, too much stuff is sleeveless, low cut, etc. J.C. Penney: My local one seems to be slowly dying. I went recently and they had half the inventory they used to have. I found one t-shirt that worked. I don't like spending a lot on clothes. Online shopping is probably not a good option for me because it seems very hard to fit stuff that fits right. What stores have higher cut shirts with thicker fabrics and petite pants that don't cost a lot?
  7. I agree with those who are concerned this will lead to more people working under the table. That will lead to more people cheating on their income taxes. Plus, the availability of loans is one factor is why tuition has gotten higher. Finally, if loans are forgiven after ten years, that is another "punishiment" for people who don't borrow, on top of paying higher tuition and paying taxes when others are cheating on theirs. ETA: I'd much rather see tuition lowered for everyone. People who don't borrow shouldn't be punished by essentially paying higher tuition than those who borrow, whether responsibly or not, and then have loans forgiven after a certain number of years (without being in some special program for underserved areas).
  8. Here is Clark Howard's 529 Plan Guide. He looked through every plan and listed which ones have low fees and good investment options and which don't. You can choose any state's plan. There is no federal tax deduction for contributions, but some states have state deductions for residents that participate in that state's plan. For financial aid purposes, you want the parents the own the account (not the child) and for the child to be the beneficiary. If the child gets scholarships and doesn't need the money the amount of the scholarship can be withdrawn without any penalty, although income tax on the gains will still be owed. Also, the beneficiary can be changed, so if child 1 has money left over, child 2 can be named. Likewise, child 1 could continue to be the beneficiary and change their own child to be the beneficiary years down the line.
  9. Thanks for pointing this out. What I was trying to say, but didn't explain very well, was that the fashion/hair/makeup industries make a ton of money from getting young women to change how they look all the time. Older women are left with either being considered out-of-style or frumpy if they want to continue wearing some style that flatters their body more but is no longer in. For example, boot cut jeans are probably flatter the biggest percent of women out there. They generally look decent whether a woman is skinny or overweight. Unfortunately, the fashion industry has spent the last decade trying to get rid of them to replace them with skinny jeans. In my opinion, skinny jeans make thin women look skeletal and overweight women look even larger. In other words, stores have largely reduced the supply of flattering jeans and replaced them with ones that seem like they were designed to make women look worse. Now that enough people have made the switch, the fashion industry is trying to bring back the high-waisted 80s mom jeans that some, uh, out-of-style women probably just got rid of. I'm even starting to see...wait for it...jumpers. All you 1980s and 1990s homeschooling moms, reach into your closets. In another few years you may be considered "cool."
  10. No, that isn't what I said or meant. My point is that as far as I know (and I may be wrong about this), fashion used to be aimed at adult women and the kids followed along. Whether I am right or wrong about that, fashion today is definitely aimed at young women, but older women generally end up adopting the same styles. Pointing this out does not equal me wagging my finger and saying, "Dress your age!"
  11. I constantly seem women 30-55 wearing what is aimed at teenagers. I get the impression that before teenage culture emerged last century, kids used to wear scaled-down versions of what their parents wore (after toddlerhood, anyway). Now I think it is largely the reverse. Fashions are aimed at the young and their moms and middle-aged women follow along.
  12. What I'm hearing is that a large group of men still consider people who were pointing out of terrible effects in society of so much alcohol abuse to be a bunch a nagging harpies that don't know how to have fun. I guess they either don't know or don't care that women and children were/are at the mercy of being beaten or impoverished by this alcohol abuse. I read an article a few months ago about a woman from Indonesia who became one of those virtual slave housekeepers in Saudi Arabia. She spent 5+ years away from her son, sending her pay back to support the family. Her husband drank most of the money away while she was gone, and then when she returned, he expected her to be totally subservient to him. It sounded like their village was filled with practically useless men who relied on their wives and daughters to go more or less enslave themselves in the Middle East. I imagine the temperance movement was fighting against some similar problems back in the day.
  13. I have to say, I'm surprised by the number of people saying that skimpier clothes are pretty much always/automatically more comfortable for various sports. I find it hard to believe that such short shorts are needed for indoor volleyball. Men seem to compete just fine in many sports (not swimming) despite being covered. While I am not suggesting banning certain outfits, I do strongly dislike the number of sports than require girls/women to dress in a skimpier fashion than they feel comfortable (when safety isn't an actual issue). Can you imagine how many fewer women would run 5Ks if they were required to wear short running shorts and a sports bra and regular t-shirts weren't allowed? My high school had a pool, but I avoided signing up for swimming in gym class because I didn't want to be in a bathing suit in front of so many people (even though at the time I wasn't overweight). It seems disingenuous to me to claim that women just happen to like wearing so much less and/or tighter clothing than men during sports, or at any time really, as if advertising and culture have zero to do with any of it. Men may care about their appearance, but advertising isn't trying to convince them they need to wear booty shorts to look good.
  14. Over the last six years of being at my son's practice at three different gyms, I have noticed that nearly all the girls age 11-12+ choose to practice wearing boy-cut shorts over their leotards. A large percent of younger girls do as well. This suggests that these girls prefer to have their butts more covered than the required uniforms allow. (Remember, girls don't wear underwear with their leotards.) Also, the national group in charge of college club gymnastics (not NCAA) recently voted to allow the women to wear shorts over their leotard while competing. This means it was banned before. Women and girls were/are prevented from covering up a little more, even though they have to deal with menstruation issues. The shorts boys wear are on the shorter side. They are constantly tugging on them. They pretty much all wish they were longer, and this is despite them having probably six more inches of their legs covered than the girls are allowed. ETA: The boys wear the shorts only for floor and vault. For the other four events they wear pommel pants (pants with stirrups).
  15. If you look at women's gymnastics from say fifty years ago, it looked a lot more ballet-like with some tumbling thrown in. Since then it has become more about the tumbling, with, in my opinion, some silly dance moves thrown in as a nod to the past. I especially think the extraneous arm moves on the beam look silly. Maybe I am biased by having two sons who are competitive gymnasts.
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