Two good articles in the NYT today
No big shock here. You can pick & choose the basic reasons why – all work & no play makes Jose a dull boy? Or perhaps that punishment doesn’t work? (see Alfie Kohn’s Punished by Rewards) Or, as many critics of homeschooling say, that kids need school to be ‘socialized’ – then perhaps they should be allowed to be social instead of cooped up in a classroom being trained for a cubefarm.
I’ve never quite gotten the whole concept of ‘friending’ online. Peeps with thousands of friends? It’s some version of reality that I know nothing about. Peeps seem to agonize about over defriending/unfriending someone, in case someone is offended or if they themselves regret it. I’ve culled my list 3 times in the past 6 months, and gone are the people I haven’t seen or spoken to in the past couple of years. Or the high school peeps I added during my first couple of weeks on Facebook who I don’t even recall speaking to. I don’t know how people have hundreds of people as ‘friends’ as the status updates and this and that all become annoying, time-wasting noise.