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Comment A bit late in the news cycle (Score 1) 1345

It's about time this sort of thing hit the news. My wife and I made the decision 25 years ago in favor of "unschooling," a term already then in use, when our oldest child was about five years old and it was time to start thinking about schools. He is now 30, the youngest of our four is 21, all were unschooled exactly in keeping with the principles outlined in this article: that all of life is learning. All of these four, by the way, have gone on to higher education (their first real "school" experiences) and three of the four now have good jobs in information technology, while the other continues his further education. The same three, by the way, have worked in IT in our local public school system, and one now does the same kind of work for a community college.

Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling" 1345

ciaohound writes "The Baltimore Sun has a story about 'unschooling,' which is like homeschooling except, well, without the schooling. '...unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round. And it assumes that an outing at the park — or even hours spent playing a video game — can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics.' If you have ever been forced to sit in a classroom where no learning was taking place, you may understand the appeal. A driving force behind the movement is parents' dissatisfaction with regular schools, and presumably with homeschooling as well. Yet few researchers are even aware of unschooling and little research exists on its effectiveness. Any Slashdotters who have experience with 'unschooling?'"

Comment Re:I didn't know Feinstein was a Republican.... (Score 1) 873

Close, but no cigar. Corporations may be people in some legal respects, but they sure as hell can't vote. It's people like us who give politicians their jobs, and it's people like us who can just as easily take them away.

Corporations are, in fact, fictional persons created by the government. Their "birth certificate" consists of a corporate charter issued by a governmental body. They vote with their dollars, not their ballots, but, like other artificial monsters of legend, they have no soul.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle