Homeschooling and Libraries

Things I'm thinking about and learning while working with homeschoolers and writing Helping Homeschoolers in the Library for ALA Editions.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Auction Site

I'm a little bit behind on this, but the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA, a conservative Protestant organization that believes gay marriage would be a potential threat to families' ability to homeschool their children -- see #9, especially interesting given the number of homosexual couples who homeschool their children, but I digress) has started an auction site specifically for homeschoolers where people can buy and sell used and new homeschooling materials. Anyone can sell, but only HSLDA members can buy, which I don't get. From an organizational standpoint, it would seem to make more sense to make either everyone or no one become members, but, then again, I don't run an organization with thousands of members. :) The HSLDA folks know what they're up to.

I gather this move is in response to eBay's refusal to allow the sale of teaching items that contain answer keys, another policy I don't understand. On the one hand, we don't want kids cheating, but, on the other, eBay shouldn't have to be the cheater police. There are plenty of legitimate reasons people might want to buy and sell teacher editions of books and whatnot. Sad, sad.

It's worth noting that Amazon sells used homeschooling materials via their Homeschooling Store, and there are several other places where you can swap and otherwise get your hands on used homeschooling materials. That, I think, will be a blog entry for another day....

[Update 11/4/2006: Amazon's selling policy also doesn't allow for the sale of used items that contain answer keys: "Manuals or teacher's editions that provide answer keys to student textbook editions are prohibited" (see the full policy). Interestingly enough, they do sell new workbooks and whatnot that contain answer keys in the Homeschooling Stores. Again, it seems odd to me that companies feel the need to get in the middle of this. Thanks to Maureen for pointing the policy out. See her comment on this entry for more ideas about places to go for homeschooling materials.]

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Status Report

Sorry to be silent so long. I've been absorbed in writing chapter two of my book over the last couple weeks, and I'm happy to report that I finished a draft that I'm really happy with tonight. Woo, hoo!

Next we'll see what my readers and editor think, and then it's only ten more chapters to go....