Myths, misperceptions, and sad thinking about what education really means
These came from commentators to an article I wrote for Yahoo! Shine.
Kids must learn that the world is not a free place.
We can't always do what interests us if we expect to survive life.
Survival interests us all, doesn't it?
Your responsibility as a parent is to limit your children.
I thought it was to help them grow and develop.
In the real world, you can't thrive on fun.
You can't thrive on negativity, drudgery, squashing dreams.
You're setting your children up for failure and disappointment.
I'm helping my children set themselves up for success and satisfaction.
Childhood dreams VERY rarely turn to reality.
There comes a point when we all have to face up to the reality of our society.
Reality is, apparently, a subjective term. My reality is not harsh. I may not like everything about dominant society, but I love my life.
If you're having fun and being a friend to your children, you're not teaching.
True, if you mean "teaching" in the bullying sense.
The problem with self-teaching is you are limited to what you know.
It's probably good then that we learn from many different sources and don't consider our selves as finite and inadequate.
Kids do need to learn socialization, how to follow directions from someone other than mom, structure, and topics that don't immediately appeal to them.
Children don't need to learn socialization. They need to have social experiences.
School is necessary.
Obviously it's not.
Kids can't learn math without daily lessons.
There's some kind of lesson-free math miracle going on at my house.
They're [sic] education will have holes, because they only learn what they want.
Everyone's education has "holes."