To whom it may concern:
Someone on a list I'm not on seems obsessed with me; that's an embarrassment.
(. . . as she writes about her oldest, who--like "a lot of school kids" ended up college remedial courses--and didn't manage to finish).This is absolute falsehood.
My point was that everyone else in that remedial math class HAD gone to school, most had finished high school, and they didn't test into math 120 either. (There were two lower not-for-credit classes that MANY formerly schooled kids tested into, but Kirby tested above them with never a lick of formal math.)
He not only finished the First and Only math class he had ever taken (Math 100), he had the highest test score and the second highest overall grade in the class.
He didn't finish the English 101 he started, and nobody blamed him. I heard that over half of the class dropped out. That was NOT remedial. He tested into English 101 but didn't stay there. He took another general class; there were two other unschoolers there and lots of high school graduates, and he got a certificate for good work. Some others did too. That class was credit/no credit.
So he DID "manage to finish," got an A, a "pass," and dropped out of a for-credit (not remedial) English class.
We didn't push Kirby to take college classes and we're not asking him not to. It's entirely up to him whether he goes or not, but he wanted to and we supported him.
Please don't listen to those who truly do NOT know what they are talking about. There are people who have met me and my children, who know them, who have no political or personal agenda, who are not prone to flip-flop malice. Why am I being discussed on lists anyway? Shouldn't they be talking about their own kids, their own beliefs, about learning? Is it moral to malign me? Legal? Productive?
Are there any other public lies I should refute?
The same person complained in that post about how I run my lists. I have one unschooling list and am one of a group of three who run another list. If someone were badmouthing another unschooler on AlwaysLearning, by name, and telling lies, I would throw her off. I wish the owner of the list that is allowing me to be denigrated would not provide a haven for slander. It does that list no good, it does the writer no good, and it does unschooling no good whatsoever.
What was written about Kirby was purposefully and directly untrue.
She never defends unschooling as having its own quality--just as being "better than."
That, too, is falsehood, based on nothing.
Here's evidence to refute that false claim. Here are the two quotes, in the combination in which they were published on an unschooling list in October 2005:
She never defends unschooling as having its own quality--just as being "better than." (And often, only nominally, as she writes about her oldest, who--like "a lot of school kids" ended up college remedial courses--and didn't manage to finish).Altogether untrue.
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