Category Archives: Education

Homeschooling as a UU Journey

Delivered August 8, 2004 at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, Burke, VA Take a moment to think on a time, maybe not too long ago, when you were excited about learning something that interests you—perhaps a new hobby or a craft, … Continue reading

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The world becomes more glorious

Little about conventional sailing prepares one to sail a 300-ton replica of a 17th century armed merchant vessel. For starters, rather than having one or two masts and a handful of sheets and halyards, such a ship has four masts, … Continue reading

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Germ warfare

Hand washing and safe food handling are very important to me. I’m not above bringing food safety brochures to potlucks. This fixation is not without cause, though; as a teenager, I contracted my first obvious food-borne illness, Montezuma’s Revenge, after … Continue reading

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Making up grades

People like to categorize other people. They can look and (usually) know the classification we seem to feel is most important–gender–and we can sort of guess the age, and, therefore, if we care, a child’s school grade level. As my … Continue reading

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A byproduct of public school

I attended 10 years of public school…but have never considered myself a product of the school system. Perhaps, though, I am a byproduct of public school. Continue reading

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A pivotal point

I was a goody two-shoes in the elementary years, but in middle school I began to recognize that the sytem had some serious flaws, and I started to take contrary action. A gender issue awakened my consciousness. Being denied the education I wanted–solely on the basis of my gender–was an offense that fired my anger and resolve. Continue reading

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