Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Another reason for the Bitter Homeschooler to be Bitter

Well the Bitter Homeschooler has something else to be bitter about. Not only does she have to contend with idiots implying that homeschooling is somehow wrong/bad parenting/against the law ect., other bloggers have stolen her wish list. Read her post I'd Rather be Hated Than Used at Diary of a Mad Editor.

Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling Magazine wrote The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List. The list probably struck a chord with every homeschooler on the planet. It's been circulated in blogland over and over again, it even got mentioned in Fark, which should have been good news for Deborah Markus and Secular Homeschooling Magazine. But it wasn't, Why? because another blogger had posted the wish list and was getting credit for it. When she asked him politely to not post the whole article and provide a link to her site this was his response.

They hadn't agreed, and weren't going to agree, to my request to trim and link because -- well, had I noticed how many comments had been posted to the bitter wish list's posting? Hundreds. Those were hundreds of people who were staying on their site to talk about what they'd read. (Hundreds of people who should have been at Secular Homeschooling Magazine reading the list)

If they trimmed and linked to mine, that would be all those people leaving their site and going to mine. And they really didn't want that.

What nerve.

Secular homeschooling can feel very lonely sometimes. Deborah Markus was kind enough to start a magazine for secular homeschoolers. She took a lot of flake from religious homeschoolers, many of whom copied the wish list without giving her credit. She has this to say about that.
I sort of expect, or at least can't really be shocked by, the religious bloggers who don't mention my magazine, or mention it but say things like "I don't endorse or support SECULAR Homeschooling Magazine." As I mentioned in my previous posting, I've started to notice that for some people, secular doesn't mean non-religious, it means anti-. It's the "s" word, and they don't like it.

But the offender in this instance was another secular homeschooling family.


  1. Thanks for your submission to the Homeschool Carnival. You can find your post at http://ericnovak.com/?p=145

    Eric Novak

  2. I feel so sorry for Deborah. I can't understand people doing this. If you use someone's idea without giving them credit, you are stealing. Is this what we want our children to learn? I believe in the mission of her magazine and I hope it has great success with it.

    Peace and Laughter,

  3. What got me is even after they were told their reprinting the article in it's entirety was unacceptable they refused to do as Deborah asked.

    I think her magazine is much needed by those of us who aren't homeschooling for religious reasons.


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