Son of Schlafly launches Conservapedia, all the slanted explanations fit to print

Sounds like a creepy, futuristic multi-leg bug one of my kids would crush. Or at least convert the name into something else – I thought of Pukeopedia (I know – that’s really crude and unworthy of me, but it’s Friday afternoon and I am just exhausted).

For the hell of it, I entered “Ann Coulter.” Reading what Schlafly would want people to take away from his “resource” as “knowledge” is what got me thinking of the vomit-oriented name.

Eh. It’s the Internet. Free speech. What. Ever.

14 thoughts on “Son of Schlafly launches Conservapedia, all the slanted explanations fit to print

  1. I hear you. I would imagine it’s partly because one characteristic that might be pretty common among homeschoolers, kind of like bloggers, is a sense of independence, doing something on one’s own and all. Probably makes organizing that much harder?

  2. National? Not really. Because homeschooling isn’t regulated at the national level. Education is a *state’s rights* issue. The Constitution and all that….HDLA or whatever those letters are….*some* of their stats are accurate.A lot of people ran in the opposite direction when they started getting so ‘political’. They aren’t very representative – to a faction, yes.To most homeschoolers, no. Many long time homeschoolers felt abandoned by them. Really, really betrayed.So accuracy in their data … the last 5 years or so … I wouldn’t take to heart. You know how statistics work. Especially ‘opt-in’ type stats.

  3. I would imagine, maybe on a state by state level, esp. in states where homeschoolers are well-organized, there might be some info. There’s a national group too isn’t there? But I confess, this isn’t going to be getting a high priority from me at the moment. But if I need to procrastinate on some other project…:)

  4. I would be interested, too. I’m not sure how valid the results would be (people change their minds) if the students hadn’t attained their majority.I’m all for religious values. What I rebel against is brain washing and distortion of what a chosen religion really represents. Speaking from a Christian point of view here since that’s what I’m familiar with.I’m not sure I could investigate this myself – certainly not an an elementary school age level; I’m not sure I could hold my temper in check if I actually had to …. interact with the subjects.

  5. Well, it would be interesting to know, of the kids who are homeschooled for religious reasons, how often do they go into science, versus religion? To what extent is their science education compromised? That’s what would interest me.

  6. It is an element and that is their right. I can respect that. Teaching bad science I cannot respect because I AM a scientist.You can’t fool me there.

  7. Unique – I know what you say is true re: who homeschools. I could name probably five people off the top of my head that I know homeschool and only one does it for a religious-oriented reason – and it’s because she’s an atheist.However, in Ohio, I’m pretty sure that something like 80% of homeschooling families do it for religious reasons, and it’s been pushed in Ohio as an alternative because of groups who believe that public schools are too God-less.I’ve thought on and off for years about homeschooling my oldest child. And in some ways, we do (I pulled him out on Monday to go to the BBC’s live broadcast here of World Have Your Say and I can promise you that that was worth three weeks of school, easily).So I know you are right – I don’t think for a second that homeschoolers are inextricably tied to religious fanaticism. But in Ohio, it’s an element.

  8. Most homeschoolers are all about the kids. I can see them getting tweaked about for profits and no accountability.Don’t ever let anyone sell you the meme we’re all right wing ‘fake science’ loo loo’s. Not the case. Not even a little bit.

  9. Thanks for noting that, Unique. I was just reading something else today from homeschoolers in the HEM Online site while researching charters and HEM is none too enamored with charters that mess with forprofit dollars without actually helping the kids. Very interesting.

  10. Once again, Tom, wise advice. I’ve never visited dkospedia – but then, I almost never read Daily Kos. Totally not my cup of tea.

  11. Thanks, Jeff. That assuages me a bit. Do you really think Wikipedia is liberal biased? I’ve never noticed but I haven’t looked for it.

  12. The homeschool bloggers have been talking about that bug for a while now.They’re getting pretty pissed about people mistaking those people with homeschoolers in general – because the Conservapedia people don’t represent homeschoolers in their entirety by a long shot…Have a good weekend. Get some rest. 😉

  13. Shalom Jill,Here’s the fun part, if it’s really a Wiki set up it will only be a matter of days before you won’t be able to tell the real conserviatve dribble from the parody and satire.The religious wrong tried this about six weeks ago and the results were hilarious. It crashed under it’s own irony in about a week.Shabbat shalom,Jeff

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