(I made a new category, only half in jest.)
Overall, I’m sympathetic to the point of view of this next article. I’ve read Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, Nickel and Dimed, and I’ve seen too many people in America who seem to fit into that always-working, but not-moving-up category. (full disclosure: my viewpoint is colored by nearly two decades of living in Germany and not seeing any slums — doesn’t mean there weren’t any, or that any haven’t since developed, but in 18 years, I never came across them)
Despite my sympathy for the author’s position on hunger, I dislike the use of “home-schooler” as a co-adjective with “extreme.”
Guardian Unlimited, Manchester, England, 10 January 2007, America’s hidden hunger
By the 1980s, however, as Christian conservatives and extreme, home-schooler-type libertarians gained in influence, progressive movements in the state had more or less imploded, and the state, its legislature dominated by conservative Republicans, embarked, pell-mell, on a programme of tax cuts and a decimation of the social safety net.
Now, the state of Idaho’s safety net may have been all but annihilated by the grassroots actions of persons with different politcal outlooks than the author’s, but using “home-schooler” to represent … what? What kind of libertarian is an “extreme, home-schooler-type?” Is that kind of homeschooler-type different from a moderate, homeschooler-type libertarian, or a … weak? … homeschooler-type libertarian? (she asks disingenuously)
To use “home-schooler” as an adjective for any kind of political posture makes as much sense as using, say, gardener as the same kind of adjective. A “extreme, gardener-type libertarian.” Anyone can be one — whether it be a gardener or a homeschooler — so the descriptiveness is too general and plays only to a presumption on the part of the writer as to what the word means.
These others I’ll file under Mad-Lib Libertarian-types.
- extreme, golfer-type libertarian
- extreme, singer-type libertarian
- extreme, ballerina-type libertarian
- extreme, footballer-type libertarian
- extreme, oncologist-type libertarian
- extreme, truck-driver-type libertarian
- extreme, housepainter-type libertarian
- extreme, meteorologist-type libertarian
- extreme, public-schooler-type libertarian
- extreme, private-schooler-type libertarian
- extreme, journalist-blogger-type libertarian
Yes, I ‘get’ that what the writer seems to have been implying: that some of the people in Idaho in the 1980s were self-sufficient, get-away-from-it-all persons of the libertarian persuasion. And maybe some of whom like guns. I get it. But even if some of them did homeschool, their doing so doesn’t produce a “home-schooler-type” any more than me and any Democrat homeschoolers produced a “home-schooler-type socialist.” (yes, I’m being extreme on purpose)
Are there homeschooling parents and other adults who were homeschooled as children who have extreme political positions? Of course there are. But they are far outnumbered by the parents and adults-who-were-institutionally-schooled who hold extreme political viewpoints.
In any case …
“Any way you slice the American Pie you can find a homeschooler sticking out of it.”
posted by Valerie the Red
(pre-GWB election ‘red’ for those with short historical memories)