Update 07.23.10 -- As of today, we'll have two blogs: A family blog for posts unrelated to cruising, and "Log of s/v Del Viento" for anything cruising-related. This post rightly belongs in our other blog, I've left it here simply as a record of the split. --WR
Two court cases against homeschooling parents have put homeschooling in both CA and DC under increased scrutiny . The CA case was recently thrown out. In DC, a horrific crime by a deranged mother (who, incidentally, wasn't even a homeschooler) became a tragic embarrassment for DC child protective agencies. They needed to find a scapegoat, and they found one in homeschools. The result was that DC, once a homeschooling paradise, nearly became the most highly regulated administrative unit in the US. Fortunately, DC homeschoolers, assisted by HSLDA, resisted valiantly and the regulations were pared down to what hopefully will be no more than an annoyance. The only regulation that really affects us is the requirement to keep a portfolio "representing the work of the student." Toward that end, aside from archiving samples of Eleanor's work, I will document some of what she does here.
The primary purpose of this blog, however, is to document what's going on with our family, preserve memories, share with our friends and family that we don't get to see often enough, and establish a channel of communication that will persevere as our lifestyle evolves.
Goodbye USA: extracting to the Bahamas
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