On a similar note what about school? I believe it is mandatory for you to send your little sproglet to school still in the states? Should we just leave that up to the parents entirely as well even though a child getting to 16 and being unable to read and write is pretty much guaranteed to be a grade A fuckup who can't earn a living and will therefore cost society a fortune in prison fees (prisons are expensive btw)?
In the US you don't have to send your kid to school, though state laws differ as to how to handle they want homeschooling handled. in Idaho, they don't care. If they can get a GED or diploma, wonderful. If not, guess the parent screwed up. Other states want you to submit a full year course and teaching outlines.
We've homeschooled my step-daughter many times, only because she has issues with picking up social cues and had a terrible time. We would homeschool her more if we could, but she fights everything, and seems to have this notion that the teacher is always right, even when proven wrong.
But when we homeschooled, she would start a grade behind, and when we had to send her back to public school (my wife's health generally has been an issue), she would be a grade ahead. If she didn't have an idiot of a dad and an even more idiot of a family on his side, she would probably be homeschooled all the time.
We found a school that works for us and her locally that helps with her social skills and learning social cues, and they don't move on from a lesson unless she's scoring a "C". She's gone from a 2.0 grade average to a 3.5 grade average. We get to see her grades online and what is going on, which helps since this school doesn't do homework (for 7th grade, 8th grade she'll have some), which makes her happy too. Class size is limited to 15 students per teacher, so more child-teacher interaction time. It's certainly a luxury that a lot of public school (which this one is) don't have these days/
Parents can do just as good a job or better being the teacher if they can put the time into it (and one parent makes enough money to support a spouse staying home). Unless you were my wife's parents, who took her and her brothers out of school to homeschool, only to actually just clean the house and not actually teach anything. My wife basically went to college with a 4th grade education and graduated, because luckily she was smart enough to read while she was out of school and learn on her own and with her brothers. Now she wants to go back to learn how to program to make apps for children.
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All I can say is don't be a pain to help desk staff. Most are willing to genuinely help people (as much as we lament at their lack of help, or don't want to be put on with the kid who thinks he knows everything) and the good ones try to better themselves to help you better. Stonewalling them because for whatever reason you don't want them seeing your desktop doesn't exactly help you in the future, as your ticket will sit in limbo longer because they don't want to deal with "that guy".
I will be more than thankful when we move out of our current district and into one that will hopefully have better teachers than she has now. And she'll be in a school that isn't proud of the fact that 85% of the students can't even afford lunch.
Update: 08/11 23:24 GMT by KD : Readers are reporting that it's not Bing that comes up for a nonexistent domain, it's the user's default search engine (noting that at least one Microsoft update in the past changed the default to Bing). There may be nothing new here.