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  • Yeah, homeschooling is one of those odd things where both the extreme left and extreme right have a tendency to have common resources and goals. One of my left-ish friends homeschooled his kids, and had lots of conversations with right-ish homeschoolers as well. Interesting.
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    • This is one of the things I really like about homeschooling. There are so many different points of view. As long as all subscribe to the fundamental mantra of homeschooling, in my mind, "Parents are the best judge of how to raise and educate their own children," I appreciate what they are doing and love looking at the diversity for cross-pollination of ideas.

      Somewhere I read somebody saying the tree-huggers (or some similar offensive term for leftist environmentalists) paved the way, the religious funda

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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
      • Parents are the best judge of how to raise and educate their own children

        And... everyone is above average [freep.com] too.

        On a more serious note, being the best judge of how to do it (which I don't agree with... but let's just pretend for a moment) still doesn't make you the most capable person of doing it.

        I personally will be home schooling my kids... every day after they get home from school. I will add to their learning experience.

        Not shield them from it.

        It seems to me that this is the real purpose for many po
        • On a more serious note, being the best judge of how to do it (which I don't agree with... but let's just pretend for a moment) still doesn't make you the most capable person of doing it.

          Exactly. Which is why, if you'll look at other comments I've made, you'll see that I insist that homeschooling is not for everybody. It is up to the parents to decide what is best for their children, and act accordingly.

          For example, my wife was homeschooled, and her parents and some other homeschooling parents got to

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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
          • Way to not read what I said. My whole point was that of these four families involved in homeschooling, not a one of them was doing it to "shield" or "shelter" their children.

            I did read what you said. (Understanding... well that is a different matter.)

            I also tried to write my response in such a way as to not imply I was talking about you or your situation in particular. Looks like I failed.

            The only part about you specifically I was referring to was the quoted comment, which I saw you commented about elsewhere after I posted my comment. (It takes me a while to comment and there were four new comments by the time I posted mine.)

            While I believe there are many valid reasons for home schooling, I don't believe that is one of them. Not until they start making better parents... or at least get more consistent at it.

            Unfortunately the qualifications for having children are quite low, and accomplishing the task is not much of an "achievement" in my book. (Having one kid, and another on the way... I would go so far as to say that having children actually makes you less smart. I know there is a boatload of stuff I don't know about now!)

            Or, would you contend that there is no such thing as a bad parent? And, no parent is unfit? In the ideal world, these things would be true. Where I live, it isn't.

            But, the other point I was trying to make is that I don't see how replacing an educational experience is better than augmenting the experience.

            That is the part I don't get. It always seems to be couched as an either / or situation, when I personally believe it should be both.

            I had a preacher once that used to say:
            If a couple did after they got married what they did before they got married, to get married, they would never get un-married.

            I think public education in regards to home schooling is the same way. If the families would spend as much time after school with their kids when they are in public school, as they do after they remove them from public school, then they wouldn't need to remove them from public school to begin with.

            Of course, this is all generalization... every bit of it.
            • I also tried to write my response in such a way as to not imply I was talking about you or your situation in particular. Looks like I failed.

              I understand that. I'm just saying that you seemed to be generalizing that shielding kids is often or usually the reason for homeschooling kids ... the whole point of my journal entry was that that is changing.

              But, the other point I was trying to make is that I don't see how replacing an educational experience is better than augmenting the experience.

              Er, wel

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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
              • Would you question a parent who moved a kid from one school to another for replacing the educational experience instead of augmenting it?

                No. (To answer your question.)

                I wouldn't even question a parent that home schools... hell, someone has to work for my kid. ;-)

                But, I also don't consider moving a kid from one school to another to be the same as removing a kid from school to home school instead. (My first reaction would probably be to move from a public school to a private school.)

                The reason I don't co