June 13, 2009

Pulling up a comment:

For the record, I've now reached the end of my (mandatory) schooling and with it all perfectly fresh in my mind, I can say in total certainty that it was a complete waste of my time and of the time of everyone else involved: taxpayers, "teachers" and other "education professionals," classmates, legislators, and parents. I hope you were being purely facetious here, but if not: please, please, please, don't ever worry that Henry and Riley are missing out on something good or necessary. They aren't.

Potatoes used to be bred for taste, which meant that in effect they were selected for nutrient content, because we crave what nourishes us. Once upon a time you could get all the vitamin E you needed just by eating your French fries. Yield is what's important in the modern market, though, and today varieties are bred for quantity over quality. There's nothing in them but empty carbs. It's the same thing.



rae said...

Wow! Meringue? I dig meringue.

Anonymous said...

It is the exact same thing.

My own dad wondered at how his one room school, with all the grades taught by one teacher in the 1940s and 50s, could have produced such an array of accomplished people as it did? They had no computers, no technology of any kind. He named kid after kid from that little country school who had gone on to do well in life--creative, bold people who knew enough to do what they needed to do.

It's all a big mystery. The district here has a budget of something like $6000 per kid at the public school. They'll reimburse a homeschooler maybe $50 a kid. I don't even bother to ask for it. How can we accomplish what we do with a set of encyclopedias, paper, markers, and Yo-J? What in the world are they doing over there, when we're not exactly breaking a sweat over here? I'd like to taste those real potatoes.

Sigh. love, V

MOM #1 said...

Meringue is SO RIGHT.