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This board  used to seem a lot more active here, but things have been quiet lately. Just wondering if I  missed anything, or if there is another place people frequent?

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it's TWTM forum, i swear.  i'm not even a classical homeschooler, but so many of the moms there follow many of the same things we use.  i crossed over & find myself there often to read about homeschooling.  this is my favorite forum though. i love MDC & feel most like-minded and connected to the ladies here.  i still frequent other forums here... but i do wish the homeschooling forum was more active. this is my favorite choice for sure.


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I've been reading over there more lately too, because it's so active. And I haven't had as much time to post myself, so I've been doing more reading than posting. But there are many times when I end up doubting myself after reading over there. That makes me miss this place even more!

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I am at TWTM a lot.


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I've been reading over there more lately too, because it's so active. And I haven't had as much time to post myself, so I've been doing more reading than posting. But there are many times when I end up doubting myself after reading over there. That makes me miss this place even more!


yes, i know exactly what you mean.  i have to watch myself, as it's easy to get caught up in the comparison game...plus, i'm a curriculum addict.  seriously, i think the only reason i homeschool is to feed my addiction.  i read about new goodies there and want to research it (which i could get lost for hours reading about curriculum...so weird!), and it's easy to fall into the trap of "the grass is greener"...at least for me it is. gotta watch myself! lol.

 


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i know! normally this one is jumping but it's been pretty dead.

 

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What is the TWTM forum?


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The Well Trained Mind...maybe I`ll check it out, not that I have time to devote tp another message board...


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I noticed a major decrease in responses when the board switched from the old one to this new format.  

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I noticed a major decrease in responses when the board switched from the old one to this new format.  



Yes, I'm still getting used to this format... and my threads seem to get lost.  I don't always see the ones with the most recent activity show up at the top of my subscriptions... so if it's an older thread, I actually need to page through it to look for it...which I'm not likely to do.


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The forum at http://www.secularhomeschool.com/ has been picking up a lot of steam lately as well.


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I think the change threw a lot of people, plus this is the time of year when most people have figured out what they're doing for the rest of the school year but aren't yet thinking about next year, so it gets slow...

We mods just got the ability to tag posts, so I need to read up on how that will work this weekend, but after that I can start tagging and that might help. Also, I need to figure out this wiki bit... it would be great to have wikis on different homeschooling methods.

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TWTM and Secular Homeschool boards are a lot more active. Also, if you're not an unschooler, it can get really, really old being told over and over and over again that if you would only respect your child and be an unschooler, you wouldn't be having whatever problem it is you're posting about or to have every discussion of curriculum turn into a discussion about how learning requires no curriculum and if you'd just back off, your kids would learn everything they ever needed to know by playing video games and watching docudramas (or whatever else they wanted to do, as long as it wasn't your idea). rolleyes.gif I don't know if that happens around here a lot nowadays, but it used to happen a lot.

 

Also, it doesn't help that, since the change, the board never remembers me anymore, and I have to log back in again EVERY time. I don't have this problem at any other board and I never had it here until the change, so it can't just be my computer or my settings. I would imagine I'm not the only one having that problem. When a person is a busy home schooler, every second counts. I don't feel like logging in every day. lol

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i know! normally this one is jumping but it's been pretty dead.

 

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agreed -- i feel loney -- i am trying not to add an addiction to any other forums :)  I cut myself back here at MDC to here and 3 other areas and dropped a DDC as it is :) but i am loney!!!!!!
 

 


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TWTM and Secular Homeschool boards are a lot more active. Also, if you're not an unschooler, it can get really, really old being told over and over and over again that if you would only respect your child and be an unschooler, you wouldn't be having whatever problem it is you're posting about or to have every discussion of curriculum turn into a discussion about how learning requires no curriculum and if you'd just back off, your kids would learn everything they ever needed to know by playing video games and watching docudramas (or whatever else they wanted to do, as long as it wasn't your idea). rolleyes.gif I don't know if that happens around here a lot nowadays, but it used to happen a lot.

 

Also, it doesn't help that, since the change, the board never remembers me anymore, and I have to log back in again EVERY time. I don't have this problem at any other board and I never had it here until the change, so it can't just be my computer or my settings. I would imagine I'm not the only one having that problem. When a person is a busy home schooler, every second counts. I don't feel like logging in every day. lol


 

I totally agree -- i am not really schooling much yet as mine are so young, but the 'respect you kid / unschool" advice is not so helpful.  LOL

 

the nev bord set up is so annoying.  i have issues vith the smilie faces and it never remembers me and so on ...

 

but i am loney -- LOL
 

 


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I noticed a major decrease in responses when the board switched from the old one to this new format.  


I haven't been here much since the change was made - simply because I'm very visually oriented, and it's neither as visually appealing nor as immediately obvious to see what's new - so I didn't even realize there were less posters.  I'm sure MDC had sound technical reasons for switching over, but it was an unfortunate tradeoff they had to make.

 

I really, really hate to see the migration to a place where a very different philosophy from the traditional MDC one is predominant. I hope the pendulum swings back.  Lillian

 

 

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Just another note - if you're still having issues with the layout or colors or anything new, please post about it in the Q&A forum and let us know. I know we got a flurry of complaints when we first made the switch but we tweaked a few things and the complaints petered out... so we need to know if there are still things we can fix.

 
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I feel like the homeschooling forum is the only on I follow that's still moving at all since the redesign.  I subscribe to a few different forums here, and this is the only one that keeps popping up.  I do wish there was a way to unsubscribe from the unschooling threads, though.  I keep clicking on them out of boredom, and usually they just upset me.  The redesign just isn't good, unfortunately :(  It's not easy or intuitive to click around.  I keep losing threads, and there's no way to see just threads  that I posted to, which makes it hard to have a conversation.  And you have to already be in a thread to get to new posts, and now you have to click twice to get to new posts, which makes no sense.  I hope MDC didn't pay too much for it.  Maybe they can get some money back by pointing to site traffic, LOL.

 

For me, it seems like this board has swung very religious.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's what you're into.  But I'm really not.  I feel like there used to be more of a mix, and now I feel like every single question that isn't about unschooling is about fundamentalist Christian curricula.  I guess all my secular homies went over to the secular homeschooling board, which makes sense now.  That board's been up for a while, but nobody ever posted on it.


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It's kind of a vicious circle. Nobody's posting so there's nothing to comment on and I don't know what to post about myself so I don't.

We're just finishing up are planned curriculum (earlier than expected) so I'm in thinking phase for the next round. Plus it's going to be farming/garden season soon so my focus has been more on that.
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I feel like the homeschooling forum is the only on I follow that's still moving at all since the redesign.  I subscribe to a few different forums here, and this is the only one that keeps popping up.  I do wish there was a way to unsubscribe from the unschooling threads, though.  I keep clicking on them out of boredom, and usually they just upset me.  The redesign just isn't good, unfortunately :(  It's not easy or intuitive to click around.  I keep losing threads, and there's no way to see just threads  that I posted to, which makes it hard to have a conversation.  And you have to already be in a thread to get to new posts, and now you have to click twice to get to new posts, which makes no sense. .


Can you post and ask about this in Q&A? I just subscribe to individual threads and then browse the forums like before, so for me it's not any different... I actually just realized that you could subscribe to forums as a whole, but if that means you also have to subscribe to the subforum that doesn't seem optimal... but the Huddler folks are really open to working with us, so if you post and ask there maybe something can be done.

 
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I usually visit WTM boards as well, although I don't post a ton.  I found the new format a pain as well and for about a month it was a huge ordeal to post anything, post constantly messing up etc, which kind of broke me of even trying to post here.

 

We are in a bit of a groove as well and don't feel the need as much.  Plus, if I am looking for cur. recs WTM has a lot more info, ideas, and perspectives.  I like the view over there as well, I like the mix of relaxing and classical and generally not focused on workbook fund. programs.  I am not interested in strictly unschooling or cur in a box things either one and WTM seems to be in between that. 

 

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The new format is waaaay too annoying to spend time trying to post a lot!

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I miss the old one.

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I am not a fan of the new format either, especially all the ads. I just dont get to mdc much either way but I do like it. I also have a lot going on in my life outside of homeschooling. As for the some of the snarky unschooling people,  telling someone all of their problems would be solved with unschooling is ridiculous and misleading. If they want to paint a picture perfect world of unschooling that's fine but I refuse to believe it's flawless, perfect, and so are their kids. If I let my kids unschool completely all my kids would do is play the wii and the nintendo DS...sorry but no way that would happen here. It's not for every family or kid. Some kids need the structure and consistancy of a curriculum and schedule at times. So yeah, that's basically all I have to say :-) lol. Nice to see you all!


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We do try to be open to all forms of homeschooling here, from radical unschooling to school-at-home... most folks seem to fall somewhere in the middle. We do expect everyone to be courteous no matter how she (or he) chooses to educate her children, however. I don't think anyone here honestly believes that all problems are solved through unschooling - I've yet to meet an unschooling family without any problems - but it works well for some people. If anyone feels disrespected by another poster or feels like another poster is being "snarky" towards them, please tell us so that we can deal with it. On the flip side, though, we except people who chose not to unschool to refrain from disrespectful remarks and characterizations about unschoolers.

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i've always felt the vibe of this board was tolerant and fairly diverse.  even with the eclectic styles and methods, i usually feel like i can find common ground on some level with other posters. i do agree that homeschoolers with younger children can be discouraged from doing too much, but i see that play again and again at all the forums i visit...i certainly don't think it is unique to MDC.  i honestly never think of MDC as overly religious or overly unschooly (aside from the unschooling sub forum that is).  especially the religious part...but i admit i don't visit this particular forum as often as i used too.  the new format does get on my nerves a little bit though, i agree.


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Well I wasn't trying to generalize or to be snarky by my comment so I hope noone took it that way, I'm just being honest. It would be hypocritical because we as a family in my household do some unschooling here and structured learning both.  I was refering to the comments people make to other structured homeschool families that just because they have issues their life would be better if they unschooled. I think thats snarky and misleading. There are ALWAYS issues with children in one way or another thats part of life. With that said my kids have to pick an interest when we do unschooling type of things and video games and tv dont count lol dogs and ponies or learning related type of interaction of their choice sure. My son loves mario bros and would do that all day if I let him and it doesn't teach him anything. however if he wanted to add and subtract his mario playing cards or something that would be cool. I dont want my kids plugged into a video game or tv all day though for entertainment...actual factual learning is ok though. :-)


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I don't check in here very much anymore. For me it's not really any one reason. Just busy-ness in other areas of life.

 

Sometimes I feel like I must ask my questions wrong because I feel they get overlooked a lot. But then that could be my perception and if I went through all the posts maybe I did get answers and don't really remember;).

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