Thursday, August 31, 2006

Excuses, excuses

I want to thank Lady Liberty for her concerned email to me. Yes, I am still around. I went through a period where I wasn't really into the internet, and as a result didn't have time to blog. My blogging was normally done after 10pm, but now that we have been aiming at going to bed at 10pm, my blogging fell by the wayside. A pity, because I really enjoy it.

Now my internet addiction is in full swing again - a bit too much of a pendulum swing to the other side, I think - when will I find some balance in my life? I have, however, been spending my time (probably futilely) putting in my two cents and doing much teeth grinding at the Spiegel online forum. It's helping to improve my written German, if nothing else, although I do live in hope that maybe one or two souls reading it will be converted to the path of true righteousness ;-) (or at get a better perception of home education.)

The homeschooling situation is really hotting up in Germany. The family in Hamburg, whom I mentioned in a previous post, has fled to Austria after the father endured a week in jail. The school authorities had started the process of removing the children from their parents' custody. The newspapers are having a field day with the situation, generally painting homeschoolers as a bunch of loony sectarians.

We still haven't heard from the school authorities about our application for exemption, which is fine, as far as I'm concerned. May they mull over it for a loooooong time.

I hope that I don't fall back on my blogging responsibilities again, but at least, unlike school, blogging is not compulsory.