Here’s what I’m not blogging about right now
1. Inaugural fever. Yes, yes, there are a million things to be cynical about, questions to raise, doubts to address — and that will all happen. From Sunday to Tuesday, however, I was pure optimism, pure joy. Someone in the White House who will think, reflect, contemplate, consider. Someone in the White House who won’t torture, start phony wars, and utterly undermine the constitution he was sworn to defend.
So much more than that though. To me — a repudiation of the worst of the culture wars. I said that earlier, and since I’m not blogging, I won’t type it all out again.
2. High school. This comes from two directions. First, everyone and her brother is getting on Facebook, and we are all noticing how weird it is! It’s not just connecting with people from the past that’s weird — it’s this whole public social life where the etiquette is so confusing. Honestly, connecting with people from the past has been the best part — I am terrible at staying in touch with people, but this makes it easy. I’ve hooked up with a cousin I haven’t talked to in years, my best friend in 4th grade, college friends scattered across the country.
As some folks have said in the comments, high school is usually something best forgotten. Honestly, I am always (unfairly) suspicious of people who loved high school. And I am extremely suspicious (fairly, I think) of people who say their high schools had no cliques and everyone was friends with everyone else. These people were so high up on the social totem pole they had no idea there was a bottom.
So I was thinking of those things when I met with a friend thinking of homeschooling. (Go! Go!) She mentioned that she had always thought she would homeschool for high school, but hadn’t planned to do so earlier. I had thought something similar. Neither of us felt much good comes from high school, yet we’re both daunted by the issues of college prep homeschooling.
3. Blogging. What is the point, really? I’m sure it’s just a midwinter funk, but sometimes I think there are two kinds of blogs (see, you can tell from my set up already that I am wrong): the happy, sweetness’n’light blogs that are cheerful, full of babies and cute crafts, fairly earnest; and then there are the cranky blogs, the “this is bugging me, and this person bugs me, and don’t get me started on that thing” blogs, which really bring me down. (Dear reader, if you are a blogger looking at this and saying “What the hell? That’s not my blog!” then I can only defend myself by reminding you that I am not actually blogging about this. It’s what I’m not blogging.)
What is there to say that is not either a cherry-picked view of domestic/homeschool life or an argument with someone you don’t agree with? I am skeptical about the aims of personal blogging — what I am trying to accomplish? To look good on the screen? To connect? To say something of importance? To advance things I believe in? I’m just not sure.
4. Homeschool. Homeschooling is a little sluggish. Except that I think the girls are soon to receive Master’s in Lego construction. We are soon to start a new German program, which I will report on after we’ve tried it. Victoria continues to baffle and fascinate me, and I’m starting to see that she absolutely must have substantial amounts of large motor activity to get through the day without a meltdown. We’re going to begin an extended study of Asia, Africa, and other non-Euro/American history and geography in another months or so, after we wrap up the current US history series. And we’re trying Teaching Textbooks for math — I decided to go with prealgebra rather than algebra. I’m still trying to keep math low key as Violet keeps up with all of her other interests. The TT prealgebra has a lot of beginning algebra, I think.
5. Parenting the gifted. I have had many thoughts on this lately, but instead of trying to get them out I will share with you a new blog. It is written by a family I know personally — they are attachment parents, gentle, loving, relaxed homeschoolers. Their children are two years younger than Violet–the same age as some of your kids out there. They think a lot about sensitivities, something I know is an issue for many of us. I encourage you to check it out: Living With Live Wires: Your Conduit for Resources to Parent and Educate Gifted Children.