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  1. Interesting! That explains why this chapter feels so off to me!
  2. We just looked at the end of chapter test and it's not bad at all. So, DS will take that tomorrow and we will form our next steps after that! Thanks, 8! And woohoo for round 7!
  3. I have to ask... We have been whizzing along in Foerster until this chapter. The problems are unclear in what they're asking. The diagrams are confusing (unlabeled, unclear). We are on the final lesson in the chapter, so I'm not skipping it. But, it is really bugging me how much we're fighting with the textbook as opposed to content! Is probability, as it pertains to Algebra 1, something I should seek to provide a supplement for, or is it safe to move on without sweating it? Thanks!
  4. I can't read those teacher repartee posts. I don't have a sense of humor when it comes to pieces which consistently tout teachers/schools as the authority and mock parents as muddling idiots. It's trash. I give you permission to unsubscribe. 😉 Reading that stuff put me in a negative reaction based loop... living there, I had no energy for defining and leading the homeschool I have authority over. And you are right. It is fear based. This is why people eat. it. up. People are afraid and they want someone who sounds like they have answers. Enter the tyrant.
  5. Im heading out with my family soon, but wanted to say... absolutely right! The mothers (and a few dads) who have added to this forum are bright spots in my journey as a parent-teacher. It was probably about two years ago that I read an article on the defragmentation of classical ed within classical schools. ... I think it was Cothran (nope, it was Perrin), who I believe was getting a lot right about institutional teaching — teaching human souls, the sterile nature of classrooms, etc... . It was the perfect lay-up for him/someone to say, “This is where the homeschoolers get it right.” Nope. The absence made it a very odd read...
  6. I think you misread my post. I never asserted that classical education/movement began with homeschoolers. I did say that homeschoolers picked up the conversation and carried it for a while. 😉 My main point wasn't who got there first... rather, that the conversation shifts according to who is carrying the ball. The rise of the hybrid classical school (not the initial flagship academies of the 80s/90s) over the past 8-10 years has resulted in one such shift. Places I could go to for defining and exploring general topics of classical ed from roughly 2005 - 2015 now seem to favor content created by/aimed at classical teachers, admins, and parents at classical institutional models.
  7. Your posts in this thread resonate so deeply! Quoting you because my points launch off from here. About a year ago, I started a thread about "who's pulling the strings in classical ed." The questions I wanted answered, but struggled to articulate: Who's defining classical ed right now? What are they getting right? What are they getting dead wrong? I wasn't talking about the average curriculum vendor. I was talking about a new whiff of sentiments coming out of articles at Circe and similar sites. At that time, I'd been a long time homeschooling parent who chose a local uni-model classical Christian school to get a breather. You would find lofty discussion about classical ed at this school among the administrators: truth, goodness, beauty. Virtue. Impressive reading lists. Politics. All the authors you mentioned. So much came down to a formula they'd gotten "right." What I excused as youthful idealism, and likely began that way, was far worse-- an unfortunate view of families, particularly women and children -- as organisms which could be rightly educated -- thus renewing culture. Pawns. The methodology was control. It was the least Christian view of human beings I have ever encountered. All of that to say -- in the past 12-13 years I've been homeschooling, I now recognize the conversation on classical education which was taken up and promulgated by early homeschooling circles, has expanded to include the newer shinier brand of classical private/charter/hybrid schools -- institutional education. As social media algorithms and mass marketing go, articles centered on classical institution topics eclipsed supports for parent-teachers. Add to that the criticisms which the members of the institutions lay upon the heads of homeschool parents without distinction -- no wonder the online "conversation" of parent-teachers has diminished in classical ed! We may get a "bless her heart" nod on social media, but there are very few classical outlets truly ringing the bell for parent - educators. Just my $.02.
  8. ((((OP)))) As a wife who loves her in-laws, but who has struggled communicating with DH about his holiday expectations, I just want to give you a big hug! My MIL did a big beautiful Christmas when my DH was growing up. She worked her tush off and coped with alcohol and antidepressants. My husband is only just now, at 45, beginning to see that dynamic. But for a very long time, he just didn't get it. He still flounders on the topic. It was all appearances, but as a kid, he just loved it. Every Christmas is getting better for me, communicating. This year I was able to calmly say, "You're excited about Christmas. But your suggestions about how I decorate are beginning to feel overwhelming for me. If you want to do it, go for it!" I've let go of the need to have him understand my core yearning for a simple at home Christmas. The gravity of Christmas memory is too strong a force for him. I'm getting better about letting him own the aesthetic he wants to experience. Way to go on doing hte same!
  9. Count me among those who read all of these early threads. Oh how I MISS THEM!
  10. You are so kind to host Thanksgiving. I am so sorry your in-law are making this difficult. In years past, I would've gone along with the dog coming, and said nothing, for the sake of unity. However, that led to a lot of resentment. b I'm a dog person and I would not want a puppy guest in my home. A different house with different smells, different people, different routines, etc are really hard for puppies. Accidents are just the beginning... whining/barking... diarrhea (due to travel stress)... I would call around to local pet-friendly hotels. There may be an opening and then it will be up to your in-laws to determine if they will come or not -- not you. If there are no hotels, you could totally hold to your guns and no in-laws. But you could also choose this time to inform your in-laws about future visits with their dog and then graciously agree to host the pup this one time due to the circumstances. Choosing between these options would be about what I want for my children... Grandparents? No grandparents? Are grandparents generally helpful and agreeable, or constantly pushing boundaries?
  11. It was incredibly satisfying, reading that cartoon. 🙂 What isn't so satisfying: the implication that men need to KNOW so that they can rescue women from themselves. (Not that this is the only implication. It was just one that hit me as I thought about it). Blech! Good piece!
  12. ((((Carrie)))) I have a very similar situation with my parents. I get the "disappointed" comments, which I take too easily to heart. However, my mom recently scheduled a trip to see us over Labor Day and then canceled it. It was one of those circumstances where her schedule and responsibilities were totally clear. I cleared my schedule and activities. However, a potential weather threat (which never hit them) scared her and she canceled. I told her it disappointed me. Evidently, she takes it to heart, too, because I'm still hearing about it. LOL! Anyway, I just wanted to commiserate. I need to be less angsty about what I assume to be my parents expectations. However, I also need to let their decisions be their decisions without feeling like I have to turn myself inside out to make an alternative happen. I hope the same for you! Doodle
  13. I can see character traits clearly. I can see where a person is strong in charity and dedication. I can also see where that same person is short of temper. But anticipating which of these attributes will tip the balance toward or away from a healthy relationship requires a forecasting skill I don't think any of us have... Some are simply more willing/able to risk it than others. I am risk averse, but that doesn't make me a great judge of character. 🙂
  14. I SO appreciate this advice. I do love that there's no risk for an 8th grader taking the SAT -- the score is dropped. I assume it's that way for the ACT as well? Thanks! Doodlebug
  15. This is a high school affiliated with our state university. So, it is technically a public school, but we would be paying tuition. I'm not certain it's what I want for DS. However, having options seems to be healthy as we move forward into high school, and I want to be earnest in making him a strong candidate. There is a state exam DS will need to pass if he is accepted. However, I'm keen on protecting his academic footprint as much as I can prior to entering systems that will require such testing. Thank you! Doodle
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