The words of a person that obviously has no interest in home schooling (from the internet):
Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?
A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five-dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five-dollar bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed.
And there is light.
What is interesting is that the non-home-schooler (i.e., the pro-public-schooler) thinks that this approach to learning is amusing and silly.
Conversely, I think that paying tax dollars for a public education system is amusing and silly, when their idea is to "socialize" kids by teaching them how to be part of mob psychology, how to be concerned always with being cool, how to have recreational sex with no long-term caring, how to use - and defend oneself against - illegal weapons, how to acquire and use illegal drugs, how to value useless trash such as yearbooks, class rings, marching bands and show choirs, how to lose all one's self-confidence, and how to come to consider all academic thinking and fine art boring.
Let's throw out public school altogether and send the irresponsible bratty children back to their parents.
And then there will be light.

Jody Nagel
November 3, 2002
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