DSM: Re: Re: homogeneous/home schooling

Stephanie Sarantos (stephanie@snonet.org)
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 09:07:41 -0700

thanks for your comments on home schooling kids. I think it is dangerous or
silly to make generalizations about home-schooled kids based on personal
experiences. There are a lot of different kinds of home environments and a
lot of different kinds of temperaments that contribute to what any home
schooled kid might be like.
On another note, would you be willing to give me your email address as we
have been having many origin of words discussions around lately and I would
love to send some of those questions your way.
Stephanie Sarantos
The Clearwater School
...love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a
scar, no visible sign...to have been loved so deeply, even though the person
who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your
very skin. -Dumbledore
-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Davidson <ljd@world.std.com>
To: discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Date: Sunday, August 08, 1999 7:49 PM
Subject: DSM: Re: homogeneous/home schooling

>Joe Jackson <shoeless@erols.com> writes:
>>>Larry Davidson writes:
>>>The word is "homogeneous," not "homogenous." The root "homo-" comes from
>>>the Greek word for "same."
>>So if the word "home" comes from the latin origins of the root "homo",
>>the flavors of the words "home" and "homogeneous" should match.
>Ah, but it doesn't. One minor point is that "homogeneous" is Greek, not
>Latin. The Greek root "homo-," as in "homosexual" and "homeopathy," is
>unrelated to the Latin word "homo" with its root "homin-," meaning "human
>being," as in "hominid" and "homicide." The more significant point is that
>the English word "home" is based neither on Greek nor on Latin: it's a good
>old Anglo-Saxon word coming from Middle English "hom," which comes from Old
>English "ham," which in turn comes from Proto-Indo-European "kei" of all
>things! Now, if you're still with me and I haven't put you to sleep, you
>must be wondering what else comes from "kei." It turns out that a
>surprisingly wide variety of words--including "Bohemia", "cemetery",
>"citizen", "city", "civic", "hamlet", "haunt", "Henry", and "Shiva" (the
>Hindu god, that is, not the Yiddish/Hebrew period of 7 days of
>mourning)--come from "kei," by way of complex linguistic transformations
>through a number of intermediate languages:
>And, on a different subject, Joe Jackson also writes:
>>homeschooled kids have always struck me as a little automaton-like.
>Others have thrown in their 2 cents' worth already, but I have to admit to
>being a little surprised at some of the sweeping generalizations on both
>sides, whether agreeing or disagreeing. Of course your mileage may vary,
>but my own experience working with kids who have been homeschooled is that
>there is no pattern at all. Some are indeed automaton-like, or willful,
>uncooperative, and poorly socialized; others are at peace with themselves
>and successfully independent. It seems pretty much like the range of
>behaviors and attitudes found in kids who have attended public and private

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