By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

'Eleanor & Park' still out, but up for reconsideration

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Comments

Joel2828

Thank God home schooling is still an option in our society.

tagup

Avoiding the realities of the world won't make them go away....

Mudstump

Does anyone think that you can ban bad language or behavior from kids? Get real. Kids aren't little robots or clones of their parents. I believe its important to give kids some room to explore the world and it's the parent's job to talk to the kid about what they discover and encounter. We as parents have a great opportunity to talk about what kids read and to use it as a teaching tool when instilling important values. Cutting them off from opportunities to learn, discuss and make up their own mind about how they feel is essential to becoming a critical and independent thinker as an adult. Imo, the child with the most knowledge and ability to think independently will prevail when faced with the enormous peer pressure that fills their day.

Mudstump

"Cutting them off from opportunities to learn, discuss and make up their own mind about how they feel is essential to becoming a critical and independent thinker as an adult."

I meant to say....Opportunities to learn, discuss and make up their own mind about how they feel is essential to becoming a critical and independent thinker as an adult.

I changed my thought mid-sentence....sorry. I wish we had an edit feature.

Finch

"it's the parent's job to talk to the kid" and "opportunities to learn, discuss and make up their own mind". And what happens when they do make up their own mind and have their own thoughts and they can't express them for fear of having their grades marked down because the teacher and/or professor leans so far left they are in fear. It happens every day particularly in colleges and I watched my own sons go through it. Often times they had to listen to the BS that had absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter being taught. They had to sit there and take it just to get through the class.

Michael

As an avid reader, now everyone will want to read the book. Hooray!!

Mudstump

Finchg - "Often times they had to listen to the BS that had absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter being taught. They had to sit there and take it just to get through the class."

Sitting there and taking it....listening to lectures we don't want to hear....participating when we don't want to is part of life. The strong buck up and get through things they don't like. They don't fold and cry foul at every turn. Opening your ears along with your heart and mind can be a valuable learning experience. When my son complained about things he didn't like in school I told him that he will encounter the many things he doesn't agree with or like when he gets into the working world....now go and find a way to work with it.

Finch

Mud - that's right and I agree to a point. My sons are far from snowflakes thankfully and have wonderful minds of their own and are very responsible and self-supporting. I'm talking about liberal crap that is so prevalent these days. College is far too expensive and I don't care which side a person is on I don't understand why many of these professors uses their class time as a platform when it does not apply to the subject matter. That should be easy enough to understand.

Mudstump

Finch - I understand what you are saying. School can be difficult to navigate with so many people, teachers, peers....all coming together to experience campus life and get an education. Its the world we live in....we are diverse. We all come across people that we don't agree with. I think its important to not only tell our kids to deal with it (supportively), but to model behavior that says...I may not agree with that person, but they are free to express their opinion. I don't have to believe it...in fact, I believe the complete opposite. I am obviously a lefty, but I raised my son in a very conservative right leaning county in Oregon. I sent him out everyday with the knowledge that he would encounter many things he didn't hear at home or agree with and he would be outnumbered. That's just the way it was. I didn't expect the majority of people in our community to change their behavior because I didn't share the same beliefs. I tried my best to teach my son that this was life and he had to figure out how he would be true to his beliefs while surrounded by people who were so very different.

Mudstump

Finch - btw, it sounds like you did a good job raising your sons. Getting your kids to college is a tough haul. We do our best, cross our fingers and hope they make it through to adulthood without too much damage along the way. Congratulations.

Finch

Mudstump - I agree with a great part of what you say. I value differing opinions and we all learn from them. However, there is a difference between sharing and shoving opinions. We can all learn from each other and agree to disagree where necessary.
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, they are fine men - no one is perfect but we do our best. It sounds like you did a nice job as well.

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