Monthly Archive: April 2008
I was going to write a long thing about freedom of speech, but I will return to that. This is … enough said.
Recently, a California court ruled that parents who wanted to home-school their children needed to be certified by the State.
I imagine home-schooling parents all over are up in arms about this, and about their right to teach their children however they see fit, and so on. The problem with that philosophy is that the rest of us in society have to live with whatever they produce. No matter how cooky these kids turn out, it’s not only the parents who taught them so admirably that have to deal with them – it’s the rest of us who have to deal with them , and who have to rely on them to be productive members of society. Unfortunately, there are so many home schoolers who subscribe to wacky approaches to child rearing. Take for example fans of ‘unschooling’ — who believe in the free-floating ‘fluid’ approach to schooling, without the shcackles of all that structure and discipline. Hopefully, all the kids who emerge from this kind of system will all be creative people who don’t need to deal with the structure of a workplace – with deadlines and safety procedures, and … well… rules.
What on EARTH is it that makes people want to be FOUND all the time! I’m completely expecting to find out that the article in The Times today (April 1st) about the Facebook application ‘Sniff’ is an April Fool’s gag … but it’s scarily right on. People are constantly making information of their whereabouts accessible to others – they let them know where they can be contacted at all hours of the day.
Yuckity yuck! I don’t LIKE that about the wired world. Pretty soon there will be no where left to hide … How do you tell that ‘white lie’ about not being available, or being dreadfully busy, if your friends and acquaintances can track where you are all the time? We might not quite be there yet, but we’re getting incredibly close!