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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Airport Security

Not too long ago The DHM accompanied one of the Common Room Scholars through the security screeing at an airport. The Young Scholar was flying by herself for the first time, and the DHM wanted to keep her young (okay, not so very young) chick under her own wing as long as possible before releasing her fly across country on the wings of some airline. The Airline would only let one unticketed family member pass through the ticket line with a ticketed passenger, and the HM, sensitive to a mother’s feelings, permitted that person to be the DHM. We had the entire Common Room household of nine with us, and we had not realized until the last moment that only one of us could accompany our traveller to the gate, so it was a bit of a breathless scramble at the security gate entrance.
The security lines were long, very confusing, busy, and quite crowded. The DHM does not do crowds very well, and she was feeling rather tense and nervous. She was anxiously watching those in the front of the line remove their shoes, empty their pockets, and submit to having their belongings rifled and their persons patted when she remembered something that caused the nervousness to simply evaporate, replaced instead by extreme horror and consternation. She remembered that she had a leatherman in her purse. Yes, the DHM carries a Leatherman and believes it is an essential tool for every housewife.
The HM and children were nowhere in sight, so she couldn’t hand it over to them.
The DHM briefly contemplated running out of the line to chase them down, but then wondered about attracting undesirable attention to herself by abruptly leaving the line and racing down the airport hallways.
She began to sweat. She urgently whispered her dilemma to the young person whom she was accompanying so as to keeper the Y.P. from feeling too nervous during this ordeal. The Young Person’s eyes opened extremely wide, and she joined the DHM in quite horror, panic, and consternation.
Meanwhile, the line was still moving steadily forward and people ahead were still having their belongings rifled and x-rayed and their persons patted.

The DHM took a deep breath and began to pray urgently under her breath, instructing the Young Person to do the same. The DHM no longer felt panic, but rather, mild curiosity about how all this would play out.

Clearly, the DHM is not posting this from a federal prison, so the ending to this story is rather a let down. We simply passed through security without comment. The DHM put her bag upon the conveyor belt through the x-ray machine, and nobody blinked an eye, grimly handcuffed her, or sounded alarms. We picked up our belongings and continued on, unmolested.

And then we looked at each other blankly, and the Young Person said, “Well. I don’t know if we should feel relieved at God’s answer to prayer, or worried that Security is so lax.”

So you see why this report is of interest to us:

A congressional investigation found airport screeners employed by private companies do a better job detecting dangerous objects than government screeners, according to a House member who has seen the classified report.

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My “inner European” is Confused

Your Inner European is French!

Smart and sophisticated.

You have the best of everything – at least, *you* think so.

I have no idea why I should be French. My favorite vacation is visiting historical sites and museums, and I do love chatting all night over coffee, and it’s entirely true that it is acceptable to me if the chat includes some vigourous debate that enlivens the blood and energizes the brain cells. If that and preferring a cheap car to one that costs more than a down payment on a house make me French, well, Que Sera.

Bonnet Tip: Contemplating the Laundry– The DeputyHeadmistres likes to seek out new blogs, meaning blogs the DHM has not seen before. The DHM regrets to say that due to time constraints she is often forced to judge a blog by its cover, and undoubtedly many wonderful blogs never come to the DHM’s attention because she found the blog name forgettable (and in some cases execrable and in other places actually excreable). “Contemplating the Laundry” however, is a name that immediately charmed and amused the DHM. She is further charmed by the fact that the blog proprietress things that Anna Karenina is the greatest novel ever, and she was positively enchanted by this post.
Contemplating the Laundry is a Catholic, pro-life blog with plenty of good information and resources about pro-life issues such as stem-cell research and this post which warmed the DHM’s heart and prompted her to blow kisses at The Cherub from the computer. (The Cherub waved back and asked for a cookie) Do Contemplate the Laundry with the DHM.=)

Execrable: Extremely inferior; of very poor quality or condition
Excreable: Capable of being discharged by spitting

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