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Home Education E-mail Interest Group

Last updated on: Mon Sep 16 19:31:38 EDT 1996

WELCOME TO THE HOME EDUCATION MAILING LIST!

This message contains information on the following:

* How to post to home-ed.
* How to subscribe to home-ed or the home-ed digest.
* How to unsubscribe from home-ed or the home-ed digest.
* The topics of discussion you'll find on home-ed.
* Posting guidelines.
* Where to find more information.

Please read this message before posting to home-ed. Save this message so that you can refer to it later if you have questions about home-ed.


HOME-ED LIST BASICS

To send a message to all of the subscribers on home-ed, send email to home-ed@world.std.com

To subscribe to home-ed, send email to home-ed@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

subscribe

To unsubscribe from home-ed, send email to home-ed@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

unsubscribe

To subscribe to the abridged home-ed digest (edited for direct relevance to home education), send email to dm@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

subscribe abridged home-ed-digest

To unsubscribe from the abridged home-ed digest, send email to dm@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

unsubscribe abridged home-ed-digest

To subscribe to the unabridged home-ed digest, send email to dm@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

subscribe unabridged home-ed-digest

To unsubscribe from the unabridged home-ed digest, send email to dm@world.std.com with the following command in the body of the message:

unsubscribe unabridged home-ed-digest

WHAT IS HOME-ED?

The home-ed list is an open forum for discussion of issues related to homeschooling. The topics that you'll find on home-ed include the following:

* Reasons for homeschooling.
* How to help a child learn to read.
* How to help a child learn math.
* Learning experiences of homeschooling families.
* Philosophical discussions about learning.
* Picks and pans of various learning materials.
* How to design or select a homeschooling curriculum.
* Interest-initiated learning.
* Unit studies.
* Parenting issues.
* Philosophical discussions that seem only tangentially related to homeschooling.
* Practical discussions about family projects, hobbies, and outings.
* Social banter.
* Pure fluff.

The folks on home-ed hold diverse views about education, child rearing, politics, religion, and television. The diversity on the home-ed list is one of its major strengths. All viewpoints are welcome on home-ed. When posting, please be aware that others on this list hold beliefs very different from your own. We have a lot to learn from one another. A little tolerance and common courtesy go a long way towards making the home-ed experience pleasant for everyone.

The home-ed list is an *open* forum for discussion of issues related (either directly or tangentially) to homeschooling. Many of the subscribers are students in the school of life and thus consider everything to be grist for the homeschooling mill.

Many of the subscribers have been on home-ed for years and have formed friendships with others on the list. For many of us, the home-ed list is our major homeschooling support group. So, yes, we do care about new babies and birthdays and career changes and health updates.

The home-ed list can fill your mailbox quickly. If you find the flood of messages overwhelming or would prefer to do without the off-topic banter, there are two digest options for the list. The abridged digest is edited for direct homeschooling relevance; the unabridged digest includes everything posted to the list. (See Home-Ed List Basics above for information on how to subscribe to either digest.)

Although the home-ed list is an open forum, all submissions to home-ed go through a filter program before being reflected to the list. The filter program holds messages that look like advertisements or unsubscription requests. The held messages are then reviewed by a human assistant and the relevant ones are reflected to the list. David reviews the held messages as soon as he can, but sometimes they sit for a few days because he is away from his computer.


MAILING LIST ETIQUETTE

(courtesy of Emaily Post)

As with finger-bowls, there are proper ways to use this medium and not-so-proper ways to use this medium. The following are some of the proper ways to use this medium:

* This is a written medium. Others will judge you at least partially by your spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
* Keep your line length short. Long lines are difficult to follow.
* Include white space between paragraphs.
* When you reply to a post, trim the included text to the minimum needed to set the context for your reply.
* Send personal replies privately rather than to the list.
* If the subject wanders from the original topic, edit the subject line so that it matches the content of your post.
* Remain civil at all times.
* Confine your criticisms to ideas rather than to individuals.
Remember that the other posters are real, live people with real, live feelings.
* Sleep on angry or inflammatory posts.
* Take private disagreements to email.
* Don't drink out of the finger-bowls.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

I'm working on various FAQs for the home-ed list. In the meantime, I suggest looking at Jon's Homeschooling page.


COMMENTS?

Send comments about the home-ed list to David Mankins.

Send comments about this welcome message to Heather Madrone

Welcome to home-ed. I hope it's as valuable for you as it has been for me.

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