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De-Schooling: Getting School Out of Your Head

By Leo Babauta

The biggest problem we had when we started about 5 years ago, as new unshcooling parents and students, is that we were stuck in the school mindset.

Unschooling is a vastly different approach from traditional school, and if your kids are in school and you want to take them out of school and unschool them, you still believe the old stuff for a long time:

It's really amazing how much this stuff is ingrained in our heads, from years of believing in it (and being raised to believe it by the school system).


On Chris Scheidies

I went into my local Target the other day and at the check-out counter there was a nine year old kid and his mom. His mom was buying him Grand Theft Auto Vice City.

“ HELLO! Are you mentally slow? “

There is no reason a nine year old kid should even see that game played. Sounds like the same type of parents that took there (8-10 year old) kids to Saving Private Ryan just so they could see what war is like. I don’t understand. So to all you anti-video game parent’s groups, its not your kids we are worried about. It’s all these other dorks that don’t know how to READ!

The ESRB ratings are there for a good reason. I don’t see any other industry in the world so willing to keep kids from consuming their products that may be inappropriate. The public defiantly doesn’t see the tobacco industry or the movie industry so willing to be this involved.

The ESRB was invented by the gaming industry! It’s good for both developers and parents. Developers don’t have to tone down content for fear that it will fall in to the wrong hands, and parents can know exactly why a game gets the rating it does. So if you see a game that says, “ RATED M, EXTREME VIOLENCE AND NUDITY” , do not let your young kids play it. It is simply the parents fault if they permit this!

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