I shudder at the eons that American presidential campaigns seem to possess the national attention. When the season dawns, I don’t want to cancel the newspaper but as the noise-level rises, I do consider it.
This recurring campaign experience is similar to the space/time flashback I had after our family returned to America after decades overseas (with returns to America in fits and starts). I was sitting in a restaurant with my best friend from high school sipping from a glass that could pass for a lemon-garnished ice bucket, when one of the 1960s songs that my friend and I used to rock to at the Friday night teen dance blasted out of the restaurant’s sound system. I hadn’t heard that song — by a one-hit-wonder band — in the decades since I’d left this town, but here it was, still playing! I grabbed the table as vertigo momentarily spun me. Girl friend. High school town. 96 Tears. Had I ever left? Was I in some kind of Groundhog Day time-warp?
So it is with presidential campaigns — they’re always playing here.
Because of this closed loop of perennial presidential posturing, I hesitated about linking to this next site, but obviously I’m going to, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. Such is literary posturing.
Gov. on Homeschooling, 28 July 2007, mikehuckabee.com
Watch a … video of Gov. Huckabee discussing how he appointed the first ever Homeschooling parent to the State Board of Education
My point here is not to promote Governor Huckabee’s campaign (although he may turn out to be someone to support), but only to indicate the rise of homeschooling as a national topic during a presidential campaign.
Because of the increased visibility of homeschooling parents, kids, and adults who were homeschooled, I think we will see increased activity on many levels to promote, suppress, research or capitalize on, Homeschooling. The commotion level — presidential campaign or not — is only going to increase.
posted by Valerie