A little more side tracking: Homeschooling is a subject that pops up in every conversation for us...b/c we have been homeschooling for 8 years now. It is interesting that even in the homeschooling community, the different approaches to teaching can cause much division. We are not the "stay-at-home-all-day-and-wear-matching-skirts-while-tending-to-our-own-bee-hives" type of family. There is NOTHING wrong with that type of family. But my bees would die and my skirts would no longer match b/c I would wash them with the red underwear and they'd be all, ya know, tie-dyed.
Matter of fact, we are the only homeschooling family at our church. The rest are private or public schooled kids. And that is just fine with us. My kids have other homeschooling friends, but most of them are not.
I use alot of text books, computer-based curriculum with tidbits of CM thrown in. So I am sometimes seen as less of a good teacher b/c I base a lot of what we do on the public school system and what it takes to keep my kids on the "college track". I just want to keep their options open so they CAN go to college or whatever it is they want to do after graduation. That, however, doesn't sit well with some other homeschoolers. They don't come right out and say it...but the implication in the conversations is still there.
And when I started studying CM a bit, I was sure I was the only one who thought the term "twaddle" and the way it was being used (to condemn some of the newer works and raise the older works to a higher pedestal) could be too narrow of a teaching style for my own kids. And yes, as a writer, a bit on the judgmental side.
All that is to say this - I want to find the best books for my kids that help them love reading. My oldest loves the NEED series (fairies and such) and CArrie Ryan's trilogy. She reads tons of stuff that would NOT be on the CM list or really on a lot of my fellow homeschooler's reading lists. There are things that we don't read that others do. Ya know?
My oldest DD loves anything that has werewolves, spy stuff or a combination of the two.
I am SURE that would be considered twaddle. And you know what? I'm okay with that.
The point is... she reads. And she is writing her own novels. And she attends a writing conference every year and comes away even more excited than before.
Like I said... totally going down a rabbit trail. But your original post really struck a nerve with me (in a good way) because the term "twaddle" has bothered me for a long time - and I thought I was the only one!