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1-15-2008 @ 2:43PM
One of my concerns is the unlimited playing time. Seems like that should be monitored better. As a parent of a 20 year old, if you just let them play...thats all they will do.Its not restricted to kids either. I find myself wrapped up in hours and hours of gameplay and make myself break away from it...something a kid won't do on their own.Secondly, I don't see how this prepares these kids for anything real. By staying home they don't interact with other kids their age or know how the world works. Does she teaches them real world skills like math and english? Do they know about astrology, literature or history? WOW is great fun..but it is a game made by people who went to real schools and learned real things...not how to kill Hogger or mine Dark Iron Ore.Don't get me wrong...the school systems are far from perfect...but come on...video games....Second life...is this a joke?...is it?G
1-15-2008 @ 2:53PM
"Do they know about astrology..."I certainly hope they don't.And if the comments to this post are indicative of the kind of person who comes out of the American educational institution, then frankly, I'm rooting for the home-schoolers.
1-15-2008 @ 3:15PM
Chris- It's not homeschooling though, it's unschooling. Homeschoolers are socially inept, but they generally know math and stuff. The basic skills to function in society should be forced upon a child regardless of that child's preference. I'm surprised that this proposition is controversial in any way.
1-16-2008 @ 9:05AM
Tzal, the proposition is not only controversial, it's unworkable on its face. Who defines "the basic skills to function in society"? What are the skills you've decided to "force" on all children everywhere? Why do you think those skills are necessary to function in society? (Hint: for many of them, it's because someone decided that they were necessary, not because they actually are.) And once you've got a skillset that will allow growing children to function in society - a skillset that you're assuming an "unschool" setting won't give them - why do you think it needs to be forced on children?The American school system is based on the Prussian system, which was explicitly designed during the Industrial Revolution to prepare the lower class for factory work and to prepare the upper class for sitting around and trading Shakespeare quotes. It generates good, obedient workers - not people who can function in society. (Ask yourself how many people you know whom the public school system taught to balance a checkbook or operate a computer with proficiency.) The system hasn't been applicable to the lives American children will lead for decades. It's ridiculous to assume that it's the best model simply because it's been the only model for over a hundred years.(And I say this, mind, as a product of the American public school system, and as a father whose son is in the American public school system - much to my chagrin, some days.)You're right, though, that I used the wrong term yesterday. I should have said "home-learners", since that covers both homeschooling and unschooling.
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