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Old 01-25-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Connecticut
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Did you not read the very first sentence of my post????

The only poster who is using that as an excuse is the OP, and she isn't even around anymore....not that I blame her.
I was just expanding on your analogy to bring this back to the OP's post and the query posed by them in the thread.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:50 PM
 
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At some point these kids will be out in the world where they will have to deal with people of all levels of intelligence and work output. They will have to collaborate with others and allow their teammates to shine as well as themselves. They will have to defer to those teammates who are stronger in some facet of the project. They will have to wait for their teammates to catch up. Their teammates will have to wait for them to catch up. Why should they not begin to manage this this in grade school?

Not necessarily.

Many, if not most, of our most brilliant innovators are those who have gone out on their own because truly they cannot fit in with a corportate culture or an environment where they have to "wait for their teammates to catch up".

God bless those who strike out on their own. God bless those who shun the prescribed expectations. God bless those who are THAT brilliant, because we all benefit from what they achieve.

We have light bulbs because of Edison.
We have "low-priced" cars because of Ford.
We have airplanes because of the Wright Brothers.
We have PCs because of Steve Jobs.
We have standardized, paving the way for the internet, because of Bill Gates.


And so on.

BTW, Steve Jobs went to a Montessori school.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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But why do you think we are opposed to letting our kids have fun?
It's never mentioned.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Helloooo? Glad you've all enjoyed debating the "my kid is more gifted than your kid" issue, which was not in the slightest what my post was about.
FYI, the child in question continued to have a few bad days in school, followed by a major meltdown at home.."I hate you Mommy". He seemed to need to vent, and then was fine afterward. He has had a great, happy week so far, and so we'll just chalk it up to pent up frustration.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Helloooo? Glad you've all enjoyed debating the "my kid is more gifted than your kid" issue, which was not in the slightest what my post was about.
FYI, the child in question continued to have a few bad days in school, followed by a major meltdown at home.."I hate you Mommy". He seemed to need to vent, and then was fine afterward. He has had a great, happy week so far, and so we'll just chalk it up to pent up frustration.
Glad to hear it! Sometimes kids have meltdowns. It's part of being a kid.

Sorry that we took it so off topic.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Whatever people choose for their children is fine, but in all of the anti-public schooling discussion there is the underlying belief that we are all supposed to know that Montessori and home schooling are superior, preferable, and evidence of better parenting. Many of us simply don't buy it.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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It's never mentioned.
Did you not read all of the posts?

Additionally, we were talking about what goes on in the classroom. If you had asked before making your assumptions, I would have told you as would have other posters.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Did you not read all of the posts?

Additionally, we were talking about what goes on in the classroom. If you had asked before making your assumptions, I would have told you as would have other posters.
Good grief! You wonder why people are offended by your posts, your tone is so condescending. Cut it out.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Whatever people choose for their children is fine, but in all of the anti-public schooling discussion there is the underlying belief that we are all supposed to know that Montessori and home schooling are superior, preferable, and evidence of better parenting. Many of us simply don't buy it.
Where are you reading this into it? No one has claimed that he or she is a better parent because they choose homeschooling or Montessori. You, however, have implied or downright said that those of us that choose it are full of crap.You have even posted unsubstantiated claims about how kids that are homeschooled or go to montessori are disadvantaged. I think there is some major projection on your part going on here.

I am not competing with you or anyone else for best mother of the year - please STOP suggesting that.

If public school works for your kids, more power to you! Lucky for you that you don't have to incur any additional costs. However, STOP with your sweeping generalizations about families who choose alternative education. It reeks of intellectual laziness on your part.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Good grief! You wonder why people are offended by your posts, your tone is so condescending. Cut it out.
How is my tone condescending? You cannot hear my tone. You are the one telling people to take a deep breath -- THAT is condescending. Where have I said I wonder why people are getting offended by my posts? I know why they are, because they are projecting all sorts of motives because of their own prejudices. I don't need to wonder.
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