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ciaohound (118419) writes "I usually scoff at the NYTimes SundayStyles section, but this weekend saw a thought-provoking article on the downside of posting your kid pics on the internet. Your pictures may be co-opted without your permission for all kinds of nefarious, unethical, or just plain disgusting purposes. Experts say abduction by a pedophile as a result of your online photography is "technopanic," but what of the risk that your photos are used in unexpected ways? What do slashdotters suggest?" Link to Original Source top
ciaohound (118419) writes "The Baltimore Sun has a story about "unschooling," which is like homeschooling except, well, without the schooling. "...unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round. And it assumes that an outing at the park — or even hours spent playing a video game — can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics." If you have ever been forced to sit in a classroom where no learning was taking place, you may understand the appeal. A driving force behind the movement is parents' dissatisfaction with regular schools, and presumably with homeschooling as well. Yet few researchers are even aware of unschooling and little research exists on its effectiveness. Any slashdotters who have experience with "unschooling?"" top
ciaohound (118419) writes "My wife and I went to dinner at the home of some friends, both of whom are mathematicians at a certain federal agency that employs lots of mathematicians. The conversation turned to their "cave." They asked me, "Do you have a cave?" I asked what they meant. "You know, a room in the basement where you keep all your computers, musical instruments, and stuff?" My wife (an English major) looked at me as we both realized that, yes, of course I have a cave. We nicknamed it the Ratskeller, but cave will do fine, as will underground lair, or fortress of solitude. We all know the stereotype of slashdotters living in their parents' basements, but do nerds freely choose this fate? Do we have a deep-seated need for a cave, a caving instinct? Or do we just take what we can get for a place to play with our toys?" top