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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 1324

Absolutely. I tell my kids that if they want a secure well paying job, become a tool and die maker, or a plumber.

The original post maintained that he entered the trades because he couldn't get into university, which he blamed on homeschooling. I wasn't trying to denigrate the trades, just disagree with his point.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 1324

So then your post is really "I didn't use a curriculum 20 years ago, but I was part of a radical movement that is totally not mainstream." rather than "Most homeschoolers don't use a curriculum."

See, I wasn't saying you didn't have those things. I was saying that your brutally broad generalization of your personal experience to include "most homeschoolers" was absurd, and in fact, incorrect.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 1324

So you've got a very strong opinion on this matter, enough to post it publicly, and you've never heard of Christian curriculum?

Never heard of Apologia Science ("Apologia provides fun and challenging K-12 creation-based science curriculum...")?

Never heard of incredibly popular "Student of the Word" bible-based curriculum that bases all subjects (math, geography, history, science) on scripture?

Never actually typed "bible-based curriculum" into google and seen the quarter million hits?

And yet you still feel confident enough in your knowledge of the topic to publicly say "homeschoolers rarely follow a curriculum"? Wow.

Do they follow the normal government approved curriculum? No, some don't. Do they follow a curriculum? Definitely.

(There's a tiny (less than 10) percentage of people who identify as "un-schoolers" who don't actually use curriculum as a matter of philosophy, but the true unschooler philosophy is to guide your children to learn on their own, and most are quite serious about it.)

Of course I see a problem with people who do what you said to their kids. But that's not most homeschoolers. That's not even a barely significant percentage of homeschoolers.

There are people who abuse their kids who go to school too. Be mad at child abusers, not homeschoolers.

Sounds like you have a personal axe to grind with your parents and you're transferring it on to the homeschool movement as a whole.

You are sadly under-informed and your opinions are based on your personal experience and not the real statistics or experience of the actual national homeschool community.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2, Informative) 1324

Home schoolers rarely follow a curriculum


Okay, that's enough. No, really. Stop it, you're killing me here.

Do you realize how HUGE the homeschool curriculum market is? Many folks order a big box from some place like Abeka or Saxon Textbooks or some other "school in a box" company and hand out the books. Just like "real school". The trade shows and conferences for curriculum are massive. Look on homeschool forums, and 90% of what you find is "Which curriculum should I get for [x subject]?" Online schooling, and satellite school are increasing every year.

It's a running joke that the first thing homeschoolers say when they meet is "What curriculum do you use?"

Seriously, read something about your subject before you post again.

Comment Re:I tend to agree (Score 1) 1324

In such an environment, a homeschooling ban may not be ideal, but it makes some sense and opens up opportunities to children who would get only very limited education otherwise.

So why not solve the problem you have rather than using a massive blanket that sort-of addresses the problem but affects others too? If children aren't being given the opportunity for an education, then deal with that.
If a homeschooler isn't providing a basic education, then deal with that.
Banning homeschooling to deal with a few people who don't educate their kids is absurd, especially when those people will resist educating their children if government school is mandatory too.
    It doesn't solve the problem. Has very little to do with the problem, actually.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Informative) 1324

Yeah, just look at this tiny list of colleges that accept homeschoolers:

Tinny little crappy schools like Harvard, Yale, USC, West Point, Annapolis, Rennselaer, Princeton...

If you ended up in trades it's not the University's fault, nor is it the fault of homeschooling in general. You either didn't bother to look for an answer or you didn't think ahead to create the proper portfolio when you were in your last few tears of schooling. Either way, it's a personal issue, not the concept of homeschooling, that's at fault.

Ditto your socially useless brother. For every homeschooler you point to with social issues, I'll point to 100 kids in normal school who are socially inept. Can you really look at society today and say that geeks that can't talk to girls is the fault of homeschooling? Not likely. Homeschoolers are higher in civic participation, volunteerism, community involvement and other indicators. Are some of them awkward? Sure. Are some of them great socially? Sure. Just like the rest of the world.


Copyright and the Games Industry 94

A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."
The Almighty Buck

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."

Microsoft Game Software Preps Soldiers For Battle 44

coondoggie writes "Soldiers may go into battle better prepared to handle equipment and with a greater knowledge of their surroundings after an intellectual property licensing deal Monday between Microsoft and Lockheed Martin that will deepen the defense giant's access to visual simulation technology. The intellectual property agreement between the two focuses on Microsoft ESP, a games-based visual simulation software platform for the PC."

Comment An indicator (Score 1) 629

As an indicator of what they've become... I was in "The Source" (the Canadian re-branding of Radio Shack) a few days ago looking for a headphone adapter, and when I entered the store, the clerk and the sole other customer were having a conversation about the merits of a motorized barbeque brush. It's one of those "Look, it's a cheap crappy gift already packaged in a box for you to give someone!" things that RadShack carries, but this guy was looking at it for himself. It's a rotating treadmill thing with a handle and steel wool on the treadmill so when you press the trigger it scrubs the barbeque for you. It takes 6 (six!) D cells. The guy asked if it was any good, and the clerk replied "Yeah, it has lots of power, it worked really well.". A motorized barbeque brush. Ooooohkay then. Oh, Radioshack, what have you become?

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