Posted Dec 30, 2012 11:06 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Neutral values
Parent article: Petition: promote the use of free software in US schools
I don't know the first thing about BC, and not very much about the US system (assuming that BC is the code for some state). But I think that just educating your children is not a very social thing to do. First because education is very time consuming: probably one of the parents has to dedicate full time to it, and doing so is not being beneficial to society at large. But mainly because the efforts can be pooled very effectively to teach more children. If one of the parents is a very good teacher, they should become a teacher and benefit others. If the parents are very good curriculum designers, they should do that for their peers too.
Second because of the hubris: what makes you think that you are actually more qualified to teach your children than a professional? In your case it may very well be true, but I fear that people too dumb to know better will also think they are qualified to teach their children, and ruin them in the process.
Kant's categorical imperative says:
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
(Beware of the golden rule
though.) I think that home schooling is not practical as a universal solution.
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