Monday, May 19, 2008

Respect is a two way street

There is one group of people who seem to have seriously impaired social skills. They seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to belittle and demean people and then they are shocked that their RUDE comments are meet with hostility. If you have ever made any of the following statements consider that you may need to work on your social skills as they are sadly lacking.
  • I think you are damaging your children because you send them to public/private/home school them
  • I think all public/private/home schooled children are social misfits.
  • I think parents who send their children to public/private/home school are elitist.
  • I think parents are too stupid to teach their own kids, but they should help them with their homework.
  • I know what's best for your kids, so just listen to me and do what I say (who made you God?).
Usually the culprits are public school parents ragging on homeschoolers, but any busy body can be guilty of poor social skills. So stop and think if you wouldn't want someone making these statements or similar ones about your choices then maybe you should respect their choices, after all respect is a two way street.


  1. There's a radio commercial on the conservative talk channel here, that grates on me in exactly this vein. An unidentified announcer woman's very serious, confidential-sounding voice says: "We need to talk. It's about YOUR children . . ."

  2. fingernails on a chalk board.

    I do know a few homeschoolers, usually of the fundamentalist variety that insist everyone should homeschool because your children will suffer irreparable damage if you send them to public school. I always feel like strangling them.

    Then of course there are the fundamentalist that insist you should send your children to public school to be SALT.

    And then there are those annoying anti~homeschoolers.

    Why don't they all get a life and stop worrying about everyone else's.

  3. The most vocal (and coincidently, the most ignorant) of the homeschool critics like to harp on a couple of issues; socialization, the myth of which has been repudiated time and time again, and science education (as it relates to creationism). The missing part of the discussion is that few public school systems spend any amount of time on the single issue of evolution - they don't. A majority of Americans, who are the product of public schooling, can no more explain evolution in simple terms than the average Christian homeschooler (and I'm betting, due to the fact that most Christian homeschoolers teach evolution, as a fallacy, but they still teach it, that the Christian homeschooler knows MORE about evolutionary theory than the average publicly schooled american). On one of the excellent scienceblogs, as opposed to the ridiculous parody-of-scienceblog, PJ Myers links this study of American evolutionary education.
    Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms: A National Portrait

  4. Thanks for the link Doc. I look forward to checking it out.

    A great many of the publically educated people I know are CREATIONIST!

    I don't remember ever having a science class where we were "taught" evolution. In fact the teacher usually skipped over that chapter. Annoying student that I was I always read the whole textbook, unlike the majority of my peers. Mississippi has seem to hit upon the perfect strategy for staying out of the debate while keeping it's preference for CREATIONISM, just ignore it. Even if it's in the textbook the majority of students will not read it, if it's not assigned.

  5. "Even if it's in the textbook the majority of students will not read it, if it's not assigned."

    Scienish, schmience, isn't that the worst commentary of all on the effects of public do-gooderism. . .

  6. Truthfully, yes. Especially since I don't think we ever finished a single textbook when I was in school And it was one of my children's chief complaints. They never got to the end of the textbook.


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