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  • a) I've attended public schools (they only 'private' schools in Austria are 'owned' by the catholic church, and are /very/ conservative) and while stuff like this 'mozart effect' probably were discussed, they would never have been presented as a fact.

    b) My kids are rather bright (and not saying this because I'm their father and have to, but because other people say so, too). The never listend to Mozart. In fact they listend to Beastie Boys, Coldcut, German/Austrian HipHop and other stuff that's not targett
    • a) Public schools sure vary a lot from country to country (and in the U.S., state to state and county to county). Education-wise, the main point of this journal entry is that children need to be taught to critically evaluate new ideas presented to them, and that the failure of my own excellent local schools to do so in myself reinforces my previously made decision to homeschool my children.

      b) You're absolutely right. I was once committed to starting my independent life without a television at all, but this has gone by the wayside. The family that my wife and I have formed watches quite a bit more TV than I would have planned on ten years ago, but as the children arrive TV for them is going to be quite selective in their formative years. There are two PBS children's shows I definitely plan on them watching, along with some particular things I liked from my own childhood. Tivo and DVDs are great here; our children can watch what we want them to when we want them to and understand that the rest of their time is to be spent doing something else. Instead of watching some of the drek I see in children's programming nowadays, there's probably going to be a specially selected Saturday morning cartoons with Daddy tradition.

      And as for talking with them and telling them stories, you better believe it. Ours is a literate house, and Joseph is already responding to Daddy reading to him in the womb.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Ours is a literate house, and Joseph is already responding to Daddy reading to him in the womb.

        Great. My 16 year old son, Jordan, still enjoys having me read to him. That started when he was a toddler - making up a bed-time story every night for a couple of years (he would choose the topic and I'd then have to make up the story - "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Light Bulb"), which turned into reading from kids books (Richard Scary was a favourite), then reading "regular" books (he heard "The Hobb

        • He is never to be seen these days without a book available, in case there are a few moments that would otherwise be "wasted" time

          That's the way to be. :)

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers