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post #41 of 45
I only get annoyed when people say stupid things to me about our parenting choices, yet aren't willing to listen to and hear the reasons behind why we do what we do. If you don't like what we are doing, either keep your opinion to yourself or ASK us why we are doing it. We'll be happy to explain.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by MamieCole View Post
I only get annoyed when people say stupid things to me about our parenting choices, yet aren't willing to listen to and hear the reasons behind why we do what we do. If you don't like what we are doing, either keep your opinion to yourself or ASK us why we are doing it. We'll be happy to explain.
I really hate that too. They voice their opinion and then when you talk about your own opinions or go to explain they want nothing to do with it, and just sort of shutdown and ignore whatever it is you're talking about, no means to listen or even reason. It's just *their way* and a big *screw* your way kind of thing.
post #43 of 45
What does annoy me is people who blindly believe what they're told. A doctor, who has a financial interest in a c-section, for instance, telling a woman that the SAFEST birth for babies is always a c-sections. Woman who think that because every case on A Baby Story included induction at 37/38 weeks must mean that that is the way it's supposed to be done. The high number f people in general convinced that a natural, out-of-hospital birth is selfish and abusive because it's "always safer" to have it in the hospital (the US is #1 for hospital births in the world, yet #2 for infant mortality rates in developed countries...something's not exactly working in favor of that argument).

Really, this is a country where kids are raised to do ad believe as they're told rather than to learn to think for themselves, so it's not surprising that now it's a nation of parents now who go along with the mainstream as they were raised to do as children, and so don't think for themselves. Thinking outside the box makes on an easy target, and debate skills are horrid, at best, so, since so few people seem to learn to to that anymore, it's easier to just go along with the latest trends than to formulate independent thoughts and arguments for those thoughts. You've heard of "sheeple"? There ya go.
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Really, this is a country where kids are raised to do ad believe as they're told rather than to learn to think for themselves, so it's not surprising that now it's a nation of parents now who go along with the mainstream as they were raised to do as children, and so don't think for themselves.
This is precisely why we're homeschooling. I taught middle school social studies for 7 years and would regularly bang my head against the wall at the opinions expressed by the kids (who were parroting those of their parents...). I spent an entire year trying to convince a group of 7th graders that the reason we went to war in Iraq was NOT "because they blew up the World Trade Center". But, this was what mom and dad believed so they MUST be right...l:
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This is precisely why we're homeschooling. I taught middle school social studies for 7 years and would regularly bang my head against the wall at the opinions expressed by the kids (who were parroting those of their parents...). I spent an entire year trying to convince a group of 7th graders that the reason we went to war in Iraq was NOT "because they blew up the World Trade Center". But, this was what mom and dad believed so they MUST be right...l:
This made me audibly groan loud enough to wake one of my dogs. I'm so thankful my dad raised me to think and research for myself. On the opposite end, I had a teacher in high school who insisted Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in the 30's and that Pearl Harbor happened sometime in summer of 1945. I failed on a test in his class for writing down the "wrong" date for these events, as in the CORRECT ones.

There are good and bad parents regarding education, good and bad teachers too, and somewhere along the line, somehow most are neglecting to teach kids the vale in seeking answers for themselves. My dad would have me get out the encyclopedias (oh ye primitive days) if it was an answer I could look up for myself. I wish that kids were taught to look for themselves more. Even the parents/teachers with the right answers most of the time can be wrong sometimes, and aren't always there to ask anyway. There's so much value in knowing how to find answers for oneself that it being lost here.

We will be homeschooling. This was decided prior to this pregnancy. It's important to us that our daughter learn to do more than simply ask a question to someone and take that answer as the correct one. It's also important to us that she not suffer the pressure of parroting an answer for the approval of classmates. I was the lone kid in my classes who would argue with the teachers during class if I knew they were teaching the wrong info (like those dates above), and it got ME labeled as the stupid one. That was hard. It's easy to see why so many kids will just give in and say the wrong thing to not stick out. But that benefits no one in the end.

Homeschool and free-thinking and knowing the value of research it is!
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