The HeadGirl just told a complete stranger on the phone that her brains were mush. The Equuschick, full of wisdom, said, “I wouldn’t do that.”

The HeadGirl doesn’t care. She was being honest with the poor stranger who was trying to get coherent information out of her.

Coherent Information does not come easily the HeadGirl at the moment. Indeed, the only information that *does* come easily is the number of days until semester’s end. There are too many of them, last time she counted.

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Catch the Equuschick telling a complete stranger her brain is mush. =P

This is what the Headgirl just did, over the telephone to some survey taker or other. “My brain is mush, so I can’t help you right now.”

No dignity. No dignity at all. Besides, it isn’t true. Her brain isn’t mush, its only a sort of gluten, at the moment. When she wakes up it will be bett-
No, wait. The Equuschick forgets. The Headgirl goes to school tomorrow, which means she will wake up at 6:30 am and her brain will have ceased even to be glutenous, and will have become quite definitely mush.

The Equuschick apologizes, it wasn’t very kind of her to use her sister as comical fodder in this fashion. But she was instructed to be funny, and was searching for inspiration. The Headgirl fell in her lap from above, as it were.

Where was she?

Ah, yes. She was going to play Intellectual again. She must find her hat.

She returns, wearing her Intellectual Hat.

Check this out, attributed to Boniface VII:

“We declare, state, define and pronounce that for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pope is altogether necessary for salvation.”

I’ve heard some rather suspicious things about Boniface VII, but that’s really not the point. What catches my attention is the fact that, just today, I saw one particular person argue quite sincerely that the largest factor in the failure of the church to view this statement as one of ex cathedra is that it has no scriptural basis. The Equuschick is confused. Had said person simply argued that it wasn’t ex cathedra because this particular pope was deposed, the Equuschick could see the line of reasoning, though she’s always wondered how in the world one man may be presumed to speak ex cathedra and, at the same time, be in a position to be deposed. All that aside, the Equuschick finds it difficult to understand how the statement of a man called “Holy Father” in direct opposition to the scriptures can be undermined by its lack of scriptural authority.

Who knows. Maybe her brain is just mush.

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A quote from Gandalf

This is one of my favorite quotes from LOTR:

Many that live deserve death. And many that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For not even the wise can see all ends.
Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Calling all Homeschooling Bloggers!!

How cool is this? The Deputy Headmistress was, just this morning, thinking that it would be a really great thing if somebody would put together an alliance of homeschooling blogs, or a homeschooling blogroll. The DHM is utterly incapable of figuring out how to do such a thing, but she thought it was a wonderful project for Somebody Else.

So you may imagine my, er, I mean, her delight when she arrived home this afternoon to check her email and find this announcement from Danny Carlton:

“I’ve started a Homeschool Blogroll and added your blog to it. …Tell other homeschool bloggers about it so we can build it up to a sizable list. They can email me at homeschooling-at-JackLewis.net to have me add their blog to the list.”

YOu can also click on the link to his site for instructions on how to add the template to your own homeschooling blog.

Look around his site, too, he seems like a very generous fellow- I’ve just been enjoying the Red Primer for Children and Adults, an online text of a history of communism through cartoons. Ordinarily I would be turned off by the cartoon part, but this is really special. What a great find!

Thanks, Danny!

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It’s An Educational Carnival!

No, this is not one of those school sponsored carnivals where the school puts already hardworking parents, students, and teachers at work in the hot sun, shilling for the schools so they can use government-provided education dollars for nice plants for the administrator’s office, trips for the superintendant, and better office furniture for the principle instead of educational materials like books, paper, plants, pets, musical instruments, and chalkboards for the children.

It’s a collection of posts on education, sponsored regularly by the Education Wonk.

Homeschoolers and others should note that they may have posts included in the next Carnival-

An Invitation: All writers and readers of education-related posts are invited to contribute to the eleventh edition of The Carnival of Education. Please send your submissions to: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net. We should receive your contributions no later than 10:00 PM (Pacific) Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The Carnival midway will open here at the ‘Wonks next Wednesday morning. Get our easy-to-follow entry guidelines here.

Below you will find one or two entries that caught the interest of the DHM (a flighty, butterfly like interest, but still):

Katie, over at A Constrained Vision, has noted that the business community funnels their donations into school systems that produce mediocre results despite generous public and private financial support. Katie posits that perhaps corporate donations would make a greater difference if the funds were used to support charter schools, vouchers, and homeschoolers.

A return to civility and a focus on academic rigor is the subject of a thoughtful post by Stephen K. over at Cold Spring Shops. (Be sure to take a look at a link that Cold Spring has in his post to a site called Academic Game. A blog that has shut down, Academic Game’s last post has, among other things, a Code of Conduct that many in academia would do well to examine.)

Should parenting choices be up to parents? Or should the State have the final say? Scholar’s Notebook is concerned about a number of proposed laws that the State of Minnesota is considering that would, in effect, require that parents fulfill several additional state-mandated obligations.

Andrea R. homeschools four children, and, along with her husband, writes over at Atypical Life. Here she answers the dreaded “S” Question.

A site written by a Chicago radio talk-show host named Bruno B., Extreme Wisdom points out that we are spending plenty of money on public education, but the problem is that those funds are not being allocated effectively. Bruno offers some suggestions for improving the system.

The Common Room is all about education in the final analysis, but here is one of our own specifically education related posts:
Fake and Content Free– with links to some historically significant documents on our educational system.

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