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    Sorry this is so specific, but who here has been to the WHO Conference? This is the first year since moving to the PNW that I will be able to go. I was looking at their website, though, and there were a lot of apologetics people listed. But there was also an Oak Meadows presenter, Lee Binz, some others. I have heard that it is an even mix between secular and religious, is this true? I don't mind working around the religion, but my last year at the Arizona conference has me conference shy (the AZ conf. has always been religious based but the last year I went was horrible! Even the 'how to teach kinder' workshop only focused on 'devotions.').

    How do you like the vender fair? Has it been a good selection of secular curriculum in the past? Finally, would you suggest bringing the kids along? I wasn't going to, but there seems to be a lot of things my boys would like. Would anyone there have a problem with my 14 yo chaperoning my 10 yo while I attended workshops?

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    I haven't been, BUT when I create our secular/inclusive conventions list each year, I contact the various conference organizers with a request to categorize their conventions as:
    *Secular: 80% or more exhibitors and speakers are non-faith-based
    *Inclusive: 50%-80% exhibitors are non-faith-based
    *Faith-Based: Less than 50% exhibitors and speakers are non-faith-based

    Interestingly, WHO was late in putting together their convention this year, so I haven't heard back from them on their classification. I'll follow up, though, when I do.


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    How funny! The organizers at WHO actually followed up this afternoon. I love serendipity! They said they would categorize their vendor-base as inclusive (50-80% of vendors/presenters being non-faith-based). One thing I wanted to mention, too, based on your OP, is that Lee Binz is most definitely NOT secular...she's about as faith-based as they come. Just didn't want you to be shocked if you wanted to attend her presentation.


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    We go every year. I would agree that it is inclusive, lots of both religious and secular. There are secular workshops. Oh and our kids look forward to it every year, it's a big family thing for us

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    Awesome Topsy! I love when that happens, too. And thanks for having a good rubric so we (and conferences) know upfront. After this post, I went back to their site and looked around some more and did see the Lee Binz is not secular, but her high school info books keep coming so highly recommended (and that's where we will be next year), that I was counting her in as secular...even though she's not. How about "Someone with info I need that can get it across without too much woo-woo/"

    Thank you Mamakven for your input, too. Do your kids go off and do their own thing, or do you accompany them everywhere? My husband prefers not to do large crowds, so it would be just me and the two boys (if I bring them).

    Also, do you stay at the conference-rated hotel (Fairfield Marriott this year), too? I know I could probably find a cheaper hotel, but I thought that if I brought the boys, we might want to stay where a ton of other HS kids are staying, as an added social aspect.

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    We are fairly new to homeschooling. I sadly skipped the WHO conference last year because so many of the presenters seemed to be religious. Most of the session topics sounded unappealing for the secular parent, and I just didn't want to be inundated with religious nonsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bham Gal View Post
    We are fairly new to homeschooling. I sadly skipped the WHO conference last year because so many of the presenters seemed to be religious. Most of the session topics sounded unappealing for the secular parent, and I just didn't want to be inundated with religious nonsense.
    Here's hoping it's at least some better this year!


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