2008 - Volume
Welcome to a different kind of blog! The
Hoosier Homeschooler is another way to Help Hoosiers Homeschool,
brought to you by the Indiana
Home Educators' Network
I really don't like blogs. It starts with the
name. Blog sounds like a B-movie creature from another planet.
Cousin to the BLOB... only not as scary. Just the same, blogs
can eat you up, consume you, and leave you feeling like it really
wasn't worth the price of admission; your time and thought cells.
I want to publish pieces that are worth the
price of admission. I would rather publish one thoughtful piece
of writing by a Hoosier Homeschooling Parent, than ten self-absorbed
comments on a comment on a comment.
I want The Hoosier Homeschooler to be
slower and more thoughtful than the blog publications people are
used to. I would like to showcase good writing, rather than a
plethora of random thoughts that have context only because someone
else is blogging about the same random thought.
I have a hunch that you want to read thoughtful,
yet occasionally intense, creative ideas from the minds of real
Hoosier Homeschoolers; parents who maybe have a lot of advice
to share but don't want to get overly involved in the technical
aspects of publishing one's words in a bloggish fashion.
So fear not. This isn't just another Blog from
Part journal, part digest, part notebook, part
magazine... maybe even part gallery The Hoosier Homeschooler
will be different, I assure you. We'll just have to see what happens
as we grow.
One thing is certain just like our statewide
network, IHEN, our
motto will always be "Helping Hoosiers Homeschool."
What are we going
to cover this quarter?
Among other things, we hope to discuss some
disturbing practices by some public schools in Indiana. In varying
degrees, parents are being told the public school that promises
a free education for their children, is breaking that promise.
Some parents are outright being told to leave and homeschool their
children. Many more parents are simply giving up hope and leaving
in a frustrated huff. HH02.000
Interestingly... not a lot of complaints about
parents jumping the public school ships to homeschool. Could the
public schools benefit somehow? We postulate the up side for the
public schools. HH02.002
We'll talk more about signing "Zee Paperz."
What does reporting the enrollment of your children in your homeschool
to the IDOE mean... if anything?
When you homeschool, what you're really doing
is learning in the real world; free range, so to speak. When people
see children out and about on a "school day", all they
see are students. People never ask, "How old are you?"
they ask, "What grade are you in?" The fact is, homeschooled
kids are rarely at home most days. Many parents will tell
you they feel like they're Carschoolers, rather than Homeschoolers
We'll see if we can't publish some essays on free range learners
homeschoolers out and about, learning in the real world.
Speaking of the real world, we even have a homeschooling
related Police Blotter report. Vandalism in the Dining Room. HH02.003
Be on the lookout.
What do I do now?
Well... to get the notices of new material posted
to the web site, you should subscribe
to the HoosierHomeschooler YahooGroup. We'll use this broadcast
e-list to let diehard subscribers know when new material is out
and up on the web site.
What if I want to write for HoosierHomeschooler?
Want to get in on this? Absolutely possible!
Just write to the list owner address: HoosierHomeschooleremail@example.com
or directly to the editor, Ben
Bennett, and ask about submitting an essay, a good e-list
post you came across or even wrote... anything you think would
be of value to more than a hand full of Hoosier Homeschoolers.
Read our Hoosier Homeschooler Guidelines
Page. We'll see if we can get it out there: From the heart
of Hoosier Homeschoolers.
Here's to good writing, and thoughtful reading!
- Ben Bennett
Editor, The Hoosier Homeschooler
Post #2.000: Go
Away! We Don' Wan'na Teach You No More What some
public schools in Indiana are doing to some kids and their parents
should be illegal. Oh... wait... I think it IS! Ben Bennett
rants and raves again at what he sees as the excommunication of
undesirable students from Indiana's public schools. Go Away!
Post #2.001: Fieldtrippin':
Homeschoolers in the Real World What kind of chaos
would you expect when the largest tour group of kids ever, comes
to your place to visit? Oh... and they're HOMESCHOOLERS!! Tracey
Rollison describes the looks on the faces of people who experience
Homeschoolers in the Real World.
Post #2.002: ExSchoolers
Part Two: Motives... or Why Superintendents Support Homeschooling
- Ben Bennett keeps the rant from Post
#2.000 going with a postulation on the motives public schools
might have for excommunicating certain students from their schools,
and tossing them into the homeschooling community.
Post #2.003: Police
Blotter: Art Vandal Strikes in Dining Room Even
homeschooling families aren't safe from art vandals. Susan VanNess
reports on a recent case. Be on the lookout.