Monday, March 29, 2010

"The Onion" reports on school-homing

The Onion reports on the newest educational trend: School-homing. Funny, but is it too close to the truth?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A bitter wish list

"The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List" caused some controversy for author Deborah Markus, publisher of the new "Secular Homeschooling" magazine. The wish list is over-the-top and angry, but what some people missed is that she's joking — sort of. And that's why it's funny.

I personally haven't heard most of the comments on her list, and I'm pretty sure most people haven't. I do like No. 17, though: "Stop saying, 'Oh, I could never homeschool!' Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more."

Can you imagine that conversation?
"Oh, I could never homeschool!"
"Yeah, I don't think you could, either."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

You Gotta Go to School — MPR

From the MPR website: "Posted May 25, 2007 by Jeff Horwich. This is an example of what our live audience gets, and then some. It's our "Schoolhouse Rock"-inspired take on the history of American education."

This historical parody can be found on the Minnesota Public Radio website and youtube. In it, Horace Mann, the "Father of American Education" explains to "Jimmy" why he must go to school. It's almost six minutes long and well-produced with sound effects and music.

Tim Hawkins — A Homeschool Family

From the youtube description: "Oh, the misconceptions and realities of homeschool life, from comedian (and homeschool dad) Tim Hawkins."

This video was forwarded to me from another homeschooler. Its subject is a homeschooling family with 10 children. (I had to pause the video to count them!) They are a Christian family that promotes classical education and pokes fun at stereotypes in this one-minute spoof. I especially like how they got their neighbors into the act: "Could you look at us like we're crazy as we march the whole family down the sidewalk? Thanks."

Addams Family first episode

In the first episode of the tv program "The Addams Family," a truant officer investigates why the children, Pugsley and Wednesday, aren't in school. At the end of this eight-and-a-half-minute clip, he decides they're best where they are.