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Dictionary goes ideological, slams those who “homeschool”
Catholic Vote ^ | 8/11/2014 | JOSHUA MERCER

Posted on 08/11/2014 5:07:43 PM PDT by markomalley

UPDATE: Dictionary.com has removed the offensive “recommended sentences” which slammed homeschooling. Thanks to all who wrote in.

For those asking, here was a screenshot of the offensive words.

 

Romeike

Because of course a dictionary has to become ideological…

If you look up “homeschool” over at Dictionary.com, you get the following “example sentences” which use the word in question.

If you wish to teach your children such nonsense, then homeschool where lame propaganda can remain unchallenged.
If she can’t find anyone willing to validate her helicopter parenting, she’ll homeschool.
If you want to keep your kids from reality and turn them into mindless automaton copies of yourself,homeschool them.

My wife and I do not homeschool, but we know many parents who do. But, I’m not really offended by this. It reminds me of lame “home skool” t-shirt sold by J.C. Penney’s a few years ago. Both the shirt and this stupid dictionary entry are hackneyed attacks which say a whole lot more about the author than it does the subject of the sentence.

Maybe it’s as simply as someone at Dictionary.com who has an ax to grind. Did his child lose a spelling bee to a homeschooler?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: academicbias; corporateliberalism; dictionarydotcom; frhf; homeschool; pc; thoughtcrime
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1 posted on 08/11/2014 5:07:43 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: metmom; NYer; GreyFriar; narses

ping


2 posted on 08/11/2014 5:08:23 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

I’d rather have my kids be mindless automatons of myself than mindless automatons of Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger, and Alfred Kinsey.


3 posted on 08/11/2014 5:09:54 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: markomalley

Those sensitive souls wouldn’t dare say something that snotty about any of their faves.


4 posted on 08/11/2014 5:11:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

“If you want to keep your kids from reality and turn them into mindless automaton copies of yourself”

Instead, let your kids become tools of the state, you know, like the Hitler Youth. God, liberals make me SICK!


5 posted on 08/11/2014 5:12:35 PM PDT by Viennacon (Liberals are like vomit in a lot of ways)
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To: Westbrook

Well, both would be evil but in different manners. If Paul was aghast when people regarded him as an idol, how much more you.


6 posted on 08/11/2014 5:13:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

Thanks for the update...they apparently removed the stupid sentences, right?


7 posted on 08/11/2014 5:13:37 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: HiTech RedNeck

> If Paul was aghast when people regarded him as an idol, how
> much more you.

I think you have the wrong idea.

Automaton does not mean worshiper, but copier.

Paul would have others follow him as he followed Christ.

I feel the same for my children.


8 posted on 08/11/2014 5:15:12 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: markomalley

WOW, pretty despicable.

My gosh, these leftists are like cockroaches, you stomp on one, and another dozen emerge from the woodwork!


9 posted on 08/11/2014 5:15:55 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: SoFloFreeper
Thanks for the update...they apparently removed the stupid sentences, right?

I just looked and they are still there.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homeschool?s=t

10 posted on 08/11/2014 5:16:16 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Westbrook

Now you whip out Christ. Shouldn’t Christ be leading?


11 posted on 08/11/2014 5:16:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

> Now you whip out Christ. Shouldn’t Christ be leading?

Read the epistles of Paul or talk to your pastor about it. I didn’t introduce the concept, Paul did.


12 posted on 08/11/2014 5:18:58 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Altura Ct.

They must have just removed them, they’re not there now.


13 posted on 08/11/2014 5:19:52 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: markomalley

Now, that is funny. We homeschooled our boys. Both received full-ride scholarships at major universities. Both were on the Dean’s list every time.

Universities WANT homeschooled kids, as most that want to continue their education are already autodidacts, and are typically guaranteed to represent their school in a respectable manner.


14 posted on 08/11/2014 5:20:07 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: markomalley

“Those who control the language control minds.” Ayn Rand.


15 posted on 08/11/2014 5:20:47 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Westbrook
I’d rather have my kids be mindless automatons of myself than mindless automatons of Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger, and Alfred Kinsey.

Isn't wishing the status of mindless automaton on anyone rather dehumanizing?

16 posted on 08/11/2014 5:21:40 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: markomalley

More examples of lefties “loving diversity”...

Think their way or be a moron...


17 posted on 08/11/2014 5:22:46 PM PDT by DB
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To: OneWingedShark

> Isn’t wishing the status of “mindless automaton” on anyone
> rather dehumanizing?

I see that nobody understands hyperbole anymore.


18 posted on 08/11/2014 5:26:22 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: markomalley

Bump from a proud parent of a homeschooled child that is now a happy, well adjusted and successful adult who ran rings around most of her public school indoctrinated contemporaries.

She went to public high school for 3 eye opening years. Looking back I still marvel at the ignorance, incompetence, duplicity, amorality, sheer laziness and the incessant outright lying of those in the system at the HS and the entire county school system. I shudder to think how much worse it must have gotten since my dealings with them ended in 2000.

If our public school system isn’t radically overhauled, there is no hope. And I just don’t see that happening. It is too late for incrementalism.


19 posted on 08/11/2014 5:28:44 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: markomalley; MrB

If you want your children to learn to think for themselves, then homeschool them.

If you want your children to not be slaves to the collective, then homeschool them.


20 posted on 08/11/2014 5:29:11 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Nothing says you are sad that someone died like looting local places of business!)
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To: Westbrook

I do (pat pat pat)


21 posted on 08/11/2014 5:32:15 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Nothing says you are sad that someone died like looting local places of business!)
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To: Tax-chick; metmom

ping


22 posted on 08/11/2014 5:33:12 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Nothing says you are sad that someone died like looting local places of business!)
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To: markomalley

From Dictionary.com at 8:32pm EDT, Aug 11, 2014:
Examples for homeschool

If you wish to teach your children such nonsense, then homeschool where lame propaganda can remain unchallenged.

If she can’t find anyone willing to validate her helicopter parenting, she’ll homeschool.

If you want to keep your kids from reality and turn them into mindless automaton copies of yourself, homeschool them.

The kits are also available through school and homeschool suppliers, and toy and gift catalogs.

So this year, along with our other homeschool subjects, we’ve been doing a unit on food.

Parents may homeschool their children for a number of reasons.

In order to homeschool, parents may need to dedicate a significant amount of time to schooling their children.

The last three are middle of the road and okay by me. The first three are batshit lib crazy.


23 posted on 08/11/2014 5:37:31 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: upchuck
Sorry... The last four are okay...
24 posted on 08/11/2014 5:40:02 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: markomalley
UPDATE: Dictionary.com has removed the offensive “recommended sentences” which slammed homeschooling. Thanks to all who wrote in.

They're still there as of a few seconds ago.

25 posted on 08/11/2014 5:40:06 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Westbrook
Hyperbole is great exaggeration to make a point, Matthew 18:9 is an excellent example where Jesus says: “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”

The point being made isn't that you should go gouge out your eyes and cut off your limbs; rather it is that (a) you need to avoid sin as if it were a snare to your very soul, and (b) [delving a little deeper] that the heart is where the change needs to happen. Simply gouging out your eyes and lobbing off your limbs won't alter your heart, but God can and will, if you let him.

26 posted on 08/11/2014 5:40:20 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Didn’t Barack Obama go to public schools?


27 posted on 08/11/2014 5:40:23 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: markomalley

humor only works when there’s a bit of truth to it.

homeschooled kids score better on standardized tests like sat, and the parents are generally more concerned about, and involved in, their kids’ education than the average parents.

it isnt meant to be funny because the generalizations are the opposite. it is a deliberate slam, not meant to be funny. funny would be doing it regarding public school parents, not homeschooler parents, because then at least the generalizations would have some truth to them.


28 posted on 08/11/2014 5:59:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: markomalley

Ping. Thank you!


29 posted on 08/11/2014 6:56:44 PM PDT by bootless ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."~RWR)
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To: markomalley; x_plus_one; Patton@Bastogne; Oldeconomybuyer; RightField; aposiopetic; rbmillerjr; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

30 posted on 08/11/2014 6:57:43 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Still there...


31 posted on 08/11/2014 6:58:35 PM PDT by bootless ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."~RWR)
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To: markomalley

Did anyone else notice the wretched grammatical construction of these “sentences”?


32 posted on 08/11/2014 7:00:56 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: markomalley; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; ...

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

33 posted on 08/11/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: Shimmer1

Looks like I’ll avoid using Dictionary.com from now on.


34 posted on 08/11/2014 7:05:26 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: Viennacon

-— God, liberals make me SICK! -—

Just turn your children over to the state. What could go wrong?


35 posted on 08/11/2014 7:10:00 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: markomalley
If you want students who can write papers like this at the ages of 11 & 12 and then go on to graduate from college like this, then homeschool. BTW, FReeper PowerBaby has since accepted an offer to enroll in an MS/PhD program at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. She is one of but seven students in that program.
36 posted on 08/11/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Give my best to PowerBaby, wontcha?


37 posted on 08/11/2014 7:12:12 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
Will do. She done good!

NattieShea just left for Michigan State. Thank goodness for Skype. If I wasn't so busy I'd be a very sad Dad.

38 posted on 08/11/2014 8:07:33 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Shimmer1
Did his child lose a spelling bee to a homeschooler?

LOL!

39 posted on 08/12/2014 3:02:05 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: markomalley
It reminds me of lame “home skool” t-shirt sold by J.C. Penney’s a few years ago.

But you know that wasn't designed by a public school kid...They misspelled "hoam". (/s)

40 posted on 08/12/2014 3:26:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: oldtech

Didn’t Barack Obama go to public schools?”

IIRC, Punahou is a private school.


41 posted on 08/12/2014 4:16:32 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Did anyone else notice the wretched grammatical construction of these “sentences”?”

Really? I thought they *meant* to say that there are places to homeschool where lame propaganda can remain unchallenged, and others where lame propaganda *cannot* remain unchallenged.


42 posted on 08/12/2014 4:23:38 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: markomalley

My two homeschooled mindless automatons will both be at Harvard this year.


43 posted on 08/12/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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