That all said, I write from my experiences and my life story. So does Jen. So does Katia. What I write about homeschooling is true for me based on what I have seen and experienced. Your mileage may vary!! So just take that for what it's worth- no more, and no less. I just never found an article that addressed concerns about putting a kid back in school - although there are many about taking a kid out! So I had it on my mind to address it.
I have never met Jen or Katia and up until a few weeks ago didn't even know they existed. I certainly didn't have Jen in mind when I wrote this.
Now here is my reply to Jen's rebuttal that she did without allowing me to reply, probably because she is incapable of handling a true adult discussion or debate.
Special note to commenter Kym - No, I don't think my kids should not socialize with formerly homeschooled kids. My point was that it is importanted for homeschooled kids to get to hang with other homeschooled kids, especially in the high school years and when they join a "homeschool" organization, whether it be for sports or part of the support group - that is the expectation. It's just harder for them to find other kids in their situation when all the spots are taken by kids who used to be homeschooled but are now in institutional schools. I think we could agree that kids in regular schools have plenty of opportunities to mix with kids in their situation. Also for the record, if you spent any time at all reading my blog, you'd know that my kids participate in running clubs with all kinds of different kids, art classes, choir, and even went on a youth retreat this past weekend with kids from many different schools.
And all you managed to do was point out that in your world, you loved regular school. Message received. Of course since your own kid is only 4 you don't have any real world experience with this of your own as a parent.
A Simple Woman Post where I responded to some hurtful things that were said about my children from Katia's (Jen's friend and also a minister's wife) defunct blog, under the "I am Thinking" heading and where I rethink blogging under the "I am Pondering" section.
Briefly mentioning the controversy under the What I'm Reading Section of this post.
The whole situation not helping my health here.
A post about an article Simcha Fischer wrote that backed up the points I originally made about putting a student back in regular school.
On March 1, 2014 Jen wrote:
I try not to pick fights… too often. (Maybe once every few years and only on subjects where I’m pretty confident that I’m right.) It’s not worth my time (especially these days) and I know I hate it when people pick fights with me. Any comments left on this blog that are nasty go right into the spam folder and the offending party has their I.P. banned.
Last summer, I saw a post on a blog with which I disagreed so I refuted her points. That irritated her and she waged an all-out war on me on her blog and in my comment box where she created new identities and I.P.’s using a proxy server. A pastor’s wife friend of mine dared to defend me so she went after my friend on my friend’s blog and in comment box the same way. After praying about the situation, I decided to be the bigger person and called a truce because sitting back and eating popcorn while watching her self-destruct was not a godly way to handle the situation.A couple of points:
Why am I bringing it up (other than her bringing it up on her blog nastily a few months ago)?
- She and friend Katia, picked a fight with me, not the other way around. I didn't even know they existed prior to their attacks.
- My original post was written for homeschoolers considering putting their students into regular school. It was not about 4 year olds with learning disabilities. It still boggles my mind as to why Jen took it so personally.
- She called me a liar and a moron and then she doubled down and said she stood by her words.
- By "nasty" she means comments that disagree with her, or reports of the mean, hateful things her friend Katia wrote to me.
- The "war waged" was simply the rebuttal above. I was not allowed to comment in her comment section because she blocked me then, as now. As far as I know there was nothing inappropriate, rude or hurtful written in her com boxes in my defense. She did however, allow her friends and readers to take me apart pretty good.
- Jen may be a bigger person. However, she is not a saint.