So . . . we are starting to talk pretty seriously about homeschool, after the Christmas break.
I think that's really the most sensible way to go. The whole idea of public education is appalling, the reality is much worse. Public schools are
dirty, dangerous, ineffecient, and worst of all, out of necessity they use the lowest common demoninator approach to setting standards.
Private schools are simply not an option for most parents, so I'm not going to go there.
I've been to public school, and I've been to private school, the only difference in reality was the average wealth of my fellow classmates'
parents. The same drugs got smoked and snorted in the bathroom, the same kinda boys and the same kinda girls flirted in the hallways, and the same
influences from the world of television/internet were ever-present.
Home schooling is challenging, but I think it's the best option on the table. I know it's hard to imagine doing something so wacky as educating our
own offspring, but it's definitely worth considering.
See, even if we are responsible parents, the idio-parents drag everyone else down.
Yeah..the downside of society. Your children are never going to grow up in a vaccumn, and trust me when I tell you, you wouldn't want them to in any
case. Don't shelter them too much, for too long, or they'll be even more screwed up come 40 than you could possibly imagine. Think balding virgin
strategy gamer living in his mother's apartment on the upper east side.
The best thing is to gain the trust of your child, and then tell them the truth, as you see it. Tell them what you think about the world, and tell
them how you see it, explain to the best of your ability the reason for the decisions being made on their behalf. If they trust that you want what's
best for them, who knows, they just might listen.
How come this is "my personal problem" if I really don't want the 4th graders in my town learning all about fisting and "tossing your salad" on
I actually don't object to local communities having standards of decency, including those governing broadcast media. It's not a major technical
hurdle to make sure that your little spot on the map doesn't get SkineMax.
That being said, a good explanation could go a long way to fixing the problem of curiosity.
"Daddy, what's tossing salad?"
"In what context Billy?"
"Oh. I see. Well Billy...."
[Content ommited voluntarily for the purpose of maintaing decency and protecting Mr Rock's Unintellectual property.]
---47 seconds later---
"That's right, Billy. Now, whadya say we go get some ice cream and talk about something else?"
"How about aerodynamics Billy?"
(You see, you use their short attention spans and sponge brains against them. It's a war I tell ya, a war against ignorance.)
If we're going to fight a war on any non-thing, can't it be something important? Screw the drugs, I like drugs. I like sex too, everyone should
stop attacking it. If we need to attack something, if we absolutely must wage war on an intangible idea, let it be Ignorance. If you take the time,
your kid can know 6 or 7 languages by the time they're ready to take the bus by themselves. It's all about dedication on the part of the parent.
And sometimes no matter what you do, your kid becomes a drug addicted homeless person. But at least you can say honestly that you tried.
It sounds like you're doing a fine job of making decisions so far Dr., keep up the good work.
If you, as an adult went and talked to them about such things in person, I'm pretty sure it'd be a criminal offense, (i.e. assault, sexual
misconduct with a minor, etc.) But if a network or cable company does this, it is somebody's first amendment right.
Terrible analogy. The network isn't soliciting attention, they're broadcasting whether or not your kid in particular is watching. It's more like
a street preacher than anything else. And whose fault is it if you leave your kid on the street and they're corrupted by the inflamatory ideas and
terrifying images presented to them by a nut on an upside down fruit crate?