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  •  So Far So Good, But... (1+ / 0-)
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    As long as our economy supports whatever business an unschooled person thinks it's fun to pursue, he's got it made. But things aren't looking real great right now, and there's maybe an argument for knowing how to read, write, calculate, show up on time, know when to keep your mouth shut, get along with other people you're not crazy about, and do a job reliably every day even if you're not in the mood. All of which can be learned through regular attendance at school. I vote for socializing a child to reality. Character is habit of long duration.

    Let me share a family story. My great-great-grandmother ran a small hotel in a small town back around 1890-1910. Guests and residents took their meals at a common table. One of the guests was a little girl named Dorothy who didn't like any food but pie. Dorothy's mother routinely conned the other guests out of their pie, asking that it be donated to Dorothy because, she would say, Dorothy had a digestion so delicate that she could digest nothing but pie. I don't know how that story ever ended---whether Dorothy ever learned how to survive as an adult without benefit of her mother and other people's pie: how to eat anything but dessert.

    •  You make Eric out to be a dilletente... (0+ / 0-)

      which he is not.  He is a young entrepreneur with three business partners who launched a very well designed computer repair and video editing sales and support business.  His partners are highly skilled at their technical crafts.  They just picked a very challenging time to start their business as it turned out.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 08:58:52 PM PST

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