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[28 May 2009 | 24 Comments | 692 views]

I’ve heard this too many times, that kids need to be bullied to learn to deal with difficult people.  That’s bullsh!t.  I have yet to meet one parent who has actively introduced bullies to their children.  If it’s that important, I think it would be a factor when people choose a school. ‘I can’t send my kid to XYZ School – there just aren’t enough bullies!’  Schools can be rated on how likely a child is to be bullied and all these parents who are so concerned about learning to …

homeschooling, public education, rant, reflections, socialization »

[29 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 251 views]

1.  School Recess Improves Behavior
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.
2. Too Many Online Friends? Time to Delete
I’ve never quite gotten the whole concept …

education, rant »

[8 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | 226 views]

This is exactly what life is about. You get a paycheck every two weeks. We’re preparing children for life.
That would be Michelle Rhee, Washington DC’s school chancellor, providing her rationale for pilot program this fall that will pay kids for showing up, behaving and getting good grades.  Apparently this idea is getting increasing support (like in NYC) and it’s reasonable to expect that nothing good will come of it.  After all, rewards don’t work.  And I can’t imagine that kids without bills and mortgages would give a hoot about a …

rant »

[9 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | 201 views]

iPhone en Chile / iPhone in Chile?
Originally uploaded by Diego Sepulveda

There are reports of lifeless losers around the world waiting in line for a week for an iPhone. Some of them are attempting to cash in on their feeble attempt at fame, while others are just materialist fanboys/fangirls. What is clear is that 1) they have no life and 2) they have an iPhone fetish.
Now, before any Apple apologists start trolling, I don’t hate the iPhone. Not at all – I would agree that it’s the coolest …

finances, rant »

[30 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 213 views]

For many – if not most – it’s not. The cost now is obscene – $160,000 for 4 years. If the goal is not a professional degree or the plain pursuit of knowledge, it’s a waste. A few years back a college acquaintance told me he was going back for an MBA. I asked why:
Him: ‘If I get an MBA, I can be an entrepreneur.’
Me: ‘Um… why don’t you just start a business instead?’
Him: (some blather about needing a degree, degrees opening doors, other nonsense)
People need …