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  •  Where do children gain most of their knowledge? (1+ / 0-)
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    Denise, with respect, where do you think that children gain most of their knowledge?  From their parents or from schools?

    Our public school systems are very good at child crowd control  Not so much at child education.  Our public schools teach towards the mythically average child.  Gifted children become hopelessly bored.  Less gifted children get left behind.

    Every child is capable of learning.  It is an abomination that our public school systems are willing to take full credit for their successes.  They are also wont to blame their failures upon either the unfortunate student or upon the student's parents.

    My children and many other children are proof that one may educate one's children at home.  My daughter received her doctoral degree in physical therapy at age 23.  My son at age 29 is a vet, a police officer and has two master's degrees.  He has also managed to buy a small farm where he practices his avocation of horse training.

    How could you be so arrogant as to think that parents are incapable of meeting their children's needs.  Parents are much...much much much...better at meeting their children's needs than a public school system that is so arrogant that they speak in terms of "teaching" children.  One may not "teach" children.  Rather, one may help children to learn.

    A pox upon you for being so nasty.

    After all, for progressives, taking one for the team is desirable, but all too often at present, we are taking one from the team.

    by El Tomaso on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 08:37:41 PM PDT

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    •  There was nothing nasty about her comment (0+ / 0-)

      it's a legitimate question for her to ask. Your reply was borderline nasty and not far from HR'able - a swipe at her buried in a bunch of prose.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 10:23:53 PM PDT

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      •  Should homeschoolers be punching bags? (1+ / 0-)
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        Her question was not asked out of curiosity.  Her question was of the ilk of "Do you still beat your wife".

        How does one answer a vapid, loaded question?

        Should I make nice and bend over as our Dem politicians do for the Repubs?  Or should I answer the question in the spirit that it was asked?

        Does it count that your post is borderline nasty?

        After all, for progressives, taking one for the team is desirable, but all too often at present, we are taking one from the team.

        by El Tomaso on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 06:05:19 AM PDT

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        •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

          All she did was challenge your claim that most parents can educate your children - you can still stand by that claim but there's nothing hostile about her comment. And frankly your contention that she asked a complex question is just silly.

          liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

          by RockyMtnLib on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 08:48:09 AM PDT

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          •  What on Earth (1+ / 0-)
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            ...would cause you to challenge a post that offers insight into how and where our children learn and how abysmal our extant public school systems are?

            It is always easy to shoot the messenger.  It is much more difficult to analyze and contemplate the messenger's message.

            The statement that I made in my response to you simply asked how one should respond to a vapid, loaded question.  Vapid does not mean complex; in fact, quite the opposite.

            I have no desire to do further comment jousting with you.  Have a good life and I wish you well.  I really mean that.

            After all, for progressives, taking one for the team is desirable, but all too often at present, we are taking one from the team.

            by El Tomaso on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 10:55:09 AM PDT

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