Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Introducing . . .

From Diana Hsieh of NoodleFood and OList fame . . .

The latest . . .

The greatest . . .

The newest OList!

I am pleased to present to you: OGrownups!

(You may applaud now.)

What is OGrownups?

OGrownups is an informal mailing list for Objectivists interested in raising and educating children well. Its basic purpose is to facilitate discussion amongst Objectivists about child development, discipline techniques, education methods, parenting resources, and more.

Any Objectivist interested in polite and practical discussion about raising and educating children rationally may join OGrownups -- parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, caregivers, and friends. Anyone considering parenthood is also welcome.

This newest list is Diana's idea, and I'm pleased to be the moderator of the list.

The original name of the list was "OParents" but we thought that name was a little too restrictive. We want to encourage any Objectivist who wants to participate in discussions about "raising and educating children rationally" to join. I know that I would have loved to participate in such a list back when we were contemplating parenthood.

The "Grownups" part refers to the end result of childraising--that they will become grownups, hopefully rational ones. The primary parenting question is, what's the best way to get them there (without losing our minds)?

To join the OGrownups mailing list, you must meet two criteria:

  • You must be an Objectivist, meaning that you agree with and live by the principles of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism as best you understand them. Newcomers to Objectivism are just as welcome as old-timers. Please do not subscribe if you consider yourself to be a libertarian (or associate with the Libertarian Party), advocate revising Objectivism (like David Kelley's "open system"), or associate with the dishonest pseudo-advocates of Objectivism (most notably David Kelley, Nathaniel Branden, Barbara Branden, and Chris Sciabarra).
  • You must be interested in parenting and education based on the principles of Objectivism.

I anticipate some interesting, thoughtful discussions, and I think the discussion list fomat is more conducive to fleshing out ideas than on a blog. I do expect everyone to conduct themselves in a civil way--don't make me get out my Mommy Voice! (Trust me, you won't like it.)

If you meet the above criteria, I encourage you to join the list and post an introduction. Thanks to Diana for creating this venue!


Paul Hsieh said...

My suggestion for the name of the list on child-rearing issues was "OBaby", especially given that's how the making of babies usually starts.

But for some reason that was rejected... ;-)

Amy said...

Finally I know what one of the msytery projects was that you've been working on, Jenn. This is great!

mtnrunner2 said...

Cool idea! I've always maintained that Objectivists can and do socialize enough to actually procreate.


LOL. Nice try, but if the 4-year-old-and-up crowd finds out they're being called "babies", there might be hell to pay.