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  #1  
April 12th, 2008, 07:51 PM
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I received a very hostile comment on MY homeschooling blog.

Feel free to read the blog post and click the comments to see those...her comment is towards the bottom.

http://shadybayouacademy.blogspot.com/2008...-pool-time.html

I CRACKED up when I read it! She was SO ANGRY! I hope it was a good outlet for her.
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April 13th, 2008, 06:28 AM
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Boy, she was really irritated, wasn't she? Love your reply to her.
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April 13th, 2008, 08:05 AM
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Wow she seemed to just be looking to start a fight.
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April 13th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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WHATever- she's on your homeschooling blog talking about how her daughter's education is just as good. Um, nobody asked her- did they? Or did I miss that one? haha! Love your response to her!
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April 13th, 2008, 11:03 AM
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That was amazing. How incredible for someone to feel the need to spew like that on someone's homeschooling blog. Her kid got a field trip one day. Whooo! Never mind how they have those stupid worksheets to fill out while on a field trip and everything is focused on learning some learning standard. Heaven forbid a kid learn something unplanned. Actually, the lady sounded rather like she is totally not secure in sending kids to public school and felt the need to defend it. I had to laugh at how she said the thing about the ps kids getting home and you were just starting school. Did she forget that you had spent the whole day having fun with your kids before then?
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April 13th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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Yea...I thought the same things...but had I let her have it she would have felt totally validated. Seems I made her uncomfortable and she needs to look into that!
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April 13th, 2008, 11:39 AM
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And let's not forget the hours of homework those kids probably had to do once they got home. Sure, they were out of school, but they still couldn't enjoy the day. Whatever.
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April 13th, 2008, 02:10 PM
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She doesn't even read your blog correctly "WE heard the school bus drop of the kids and I smiled with DELIGHT that my boys had enjoyed the day!" I think she thinks you were smilling at the kids coming home rather then at your day with your boys. Lol and the field trip comment, I was thinking just what Heather said, I bet that was with a worksheet in tow.
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April 13th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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I'm sorry you got a negative comment. I wish public schoolers didn't think we were all out to get them. How annoying!
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April 13th, 2008, 10:14 PM
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Haha, that was really funny to read. I don't see why people feel the need to go on a personal homeschooling blog and tell you that public school is fine unless they feel bad about it. I would never think to go on a public schooler's blog to tell them to include the homeschoolers in their post. "WE have a good education too you know! There IS a way to public school without making us feel bad that you were excited about your daughter's field trip." Gee! And there was nothing wrong with saying that you left school to the ps, this was a day to enjoy yourself. And I don't think a field trip is a DAY OFF! Like Heather said, there are worksheets and if kids really had a day off they would be able to spend it being kids and doing just what your kids did. And you didn't cram the whole 15 minutes in, it sounds like you then went to the library, learned about critters and turtles, but yeah I guess no one in the ps world would see that in true learning because it wasn't planned in a book.
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April 14th, 2008, 05:32 AM
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I'm sorry, Chelita, that you got that. You showed great maturity in keeping the response on there, though.

I have to say to the responses, though, coming from a public school system, that when we did go on field trips, there were never worksheets involved. I will say, though, that coming from a large school that the fieldtrips were rushed and the kids just seemed to be pushed through. It's not to say that they didn't enjoy them, but it seemed more about getting through them than just being there to enjoy it. Wow about the worksheets.

I will also say that, whoever she was, did at least compliment homeschoolers in the end.

Chelita did the right thing in responding kindly and without anger. The reader is reading for a reason...she is interested.

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April 14th, 2008, 07:52 AM
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When I was in elementary school field trips were all about the worksheets. My mom still talks about how annoying it was to go with us to the Zoo or a Smithsonian museum and have to deal with the worksheets, making sure the kids didn't write on the displays with their pencils and making sure no worksheets got lost (we were threatened with an "unexcused absence" if we failed to turn in our worksheet at the end of the trip). She'd always encourage us to get the answers as fast as we could and then she'd collect our pencils and papers and let us have fun the rest of the day. It's not how the teachers wanted us to do it, but my mom figured if we had to do worksheets at least that was somewhat better.

As a homeschooler I can get the information about field trips for local places. The papers and flyers all have on them which SOLs (standards of learning) their stuff correlates to for each grade. That just makes me so sad that a field trip can't be for fun and natural learning. There has to be some forced educational component.

The really scary thing is my brother. He has four girls, two in school (public school and he's a college professor and my SIL will be a college professor once she finishes her PhD next year). When they go to museums as a family he makes the older ones take along notebooks and they have to make notes and then write about their experience and what they learned. My daughter went to a museum with them last spring when she went down there to visit with my brother and his family with my parents. Ani was so confused by the whole taking notes thing. She did it - sort of - because the other two girls were, but after she got home and told me about it she said it was so weird. She wanted to know why they couldn't just enjoy the museum. My mom felt the same way and is still horrified that he does that with his girls.
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April 14th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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I know when Jack was in public school they never had worksheets or note taking while on field trips, but then again he was only in K & 1st. The field trips were all rushed and everything had to stay on schedule. I understand how you need scheduling with that many kids, but I'm just so happy that when we go somewhere we can take our time and really enjoy our day.
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April 14th, 2008, 09:30 AM
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I love your response, Chelita!

I never had to do worksheets that I can remember while in public school on a field trip.
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April 14th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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We always came back in time to fill out worksheets.
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April 14th, 2008, 03:28 PM
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Wow...I can't believe someone would seek out a homeschooler's blog just to comment about how great her daughter's public education is going.

I think people tend to get worked up about things when it makes them feel uncomfortable about their own choices.
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April 14th, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Wow, I can't believe she wrote that! But I thought your response was absolutely perfect.
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April 14th, 2008, 08:41 PM
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I can only count 3 field trips in my whole school career, I don't recall worksheets!

Heather, that is a crazy story! Wow!
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