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  • Of course, I learned about the Mozart effect in public school, from at least two teachers, whom I knew I could trust. One was my calculus and pre-calculus teacher, and another was my English teacher. Neither one ever spoke a word about the Mozart effect being questioned or disputed. It was something everybody knew.

    This just makes me angry and strengthens my resolve to educate my children myself.

    Um, I'd guess that you were in public school more than a couple of years ago - which means that it was at the

    • My point is that what was presented to me was not presented as new research which had not yet been confirmed, but as fact that could now be taken for granted. The real point behind that is to get at the fact that I was encouraged to simply accept what I was told rather than to learn to evaluate new ideas in a rational spirit of inquiry. Nobody said, "There's some new evidence that listening to Mozart might have a positive effect." What was said was, "They've discovered that listening to Mozart stimulates your alpha brain waves!"

      And I'm definitely not using this one issue as proof of the need for homeschooling. My homeschooling decision was made in 2003, and it probably has a lot more to do with my politics than with the quality of education I received (which, despite the tone of this journal entry, was actually pretty top-notch).

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