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Dana Huff

For the record, I thought what you had to say was thought-provoking, even if I disagreed. I even linked it on my personal blog's Literature Carnival, which is, I think, how at least one homeschooling blog found you. Maybe. I don't know. Anyway, I guess I feel bad, in a way, if any negativity has been thrown your way. I linked you because what you said made me think.

Tim Fredrick

Dana, Please do not feel bad. I don't. The reason I do this blog is to put my ideas out there and see what comes back. The "for" and "against" voices make me think further and I come out with better ideas for my students.


Disagreement equals negativity, Dana? It seems to me that this series is about things some teachers do with which Tim *disagrees,* and he disagrees so much that he calls them lies, a very perjorative term.

MIght there be a problem with implying that we are supposed to teach children to question authority, but objecting to other people questioning Tim's authority and the merits of his ideas?

And why the emphasis on the fact that we're homeschoolers, I wonder. Would it make it acceptable to disagree if one of us had a degree in Literature?

At any rate, I apologize for the delay in response. As I posted to our blog, I've been out of town and only just got back. I've replied further to your comments, Tim, if you're interested in or have the time for continuing the discussion. I fully understand that none of us have unlimited time (or, in my case at least) attention span, so if not, that's okay, too.

Tim Fredrick

I only mentioned homeschoolers because it seemed interesting that two homeschoolers commented *so* negatively that they felt the need to comment on my blog and then write disagreeing/negative posts on their own blog regarding my post. (And, for all I know you have a degree in literature. That's of no relevance to me.)

I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one. We obviously have different priorities when it comes to education. In response to your comment on your own blog ... I'm very proud of the education I offer my students. You feel that I've mischaracterized your view and I feel that you have mischaracterized mine (you can be CERTAIN that my students are not going around "willy nilly" as you suggest on your blog).

Let's leave it at that. I have 110 students to attend to and a research project to complete that will hopefully help them think more for themselves.

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