Re: extropian kids (opinions from a non-parent)

Kathryn Aegis (
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 21:54:23 +0000

Damien R. Sullivan:
>>On Aug 20, 7:20pm, "Kathryn Aegis" wrote:
>>} intellectual growth. One of the main cautions for parents
>>} considering home-schooling is that their children must somehow be
>>} exposed to situations in which they must negotiate disputes with
>>} other children, and learn to assert themselves, without the

>How does the weakest boy in the class negotiate with a pack of 8
>apparently intent on beating him up? That was part of my childhood.

I am sorry that you had this experience, but if you are going to
contest my statement, contest it in full. I made it very clear in
the sentence following my statement above that adults should step
into a situation that is dangerous for the child. Your example does
nothing to obviate the need for crucial socialization into
assertiveness skills, and I also never stated that a home schooling
parent could not provide those settings necessary for that type of

Also, one need not "throw onto a playground" any child for that child
to encounter bullies or other threatening types, and certainly some
sort of training is necessary for every child to deal with bad
situations. But I think that is a highly obvious point and not worth
discussing in detail.

Kathryn Aegis