Abortion to Home Schooling and Back
I was driving myself to work today, minding my own damn business when I pull up behind a mini-van. I'm smacked in the face immediately with one of these:
Also, there was a Pro-Bush bumper sticker, and another that said, "It is poverty to kill an unborn child so you may life your life your way." The word poverty stuck out to me, because I've never seen it used that way before.
1. The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.
2. Deficiency in amount; scantiness: "the poverty of feeling that reduced her soul" (Scott Turow).
3. Unproductiveness; infertility: the poverty of the soil.
4. Renunciation made by a member of a religious order of the right to own property.
If you're going to preach, please do it intelligently. I would have loved to get a chance to talk to that person. I'm sure she is the kind of person who not only home schools her kids, but does so because she feels that the kids need to learn about the bible as much as they need to learn arithmetic.
Recently, the SO was watching "Trading Spouses," and I happened to be in the room at the time. The families were as different as two families can be. One was a rich and very liberal family with two sons, and the other was a very conservative family with eight kids. The mom of the rich family spent $70,000.00 a year on clothes... for herself. The mom of the conservative family spent $500.00 a year on
clothes... for the entire family. I'm not a big fan of these shows, but this was one trainwreck I couldn't look away from. The mom of the rich family was very independant and worked her own job, hardly if ever cooked, and seemed to use video games to keep her kids in line.
The rich family sent their kids off to public school, and the other family home-schooled their kids. During the switch, each mom decided to impose her rules in the other family. The home-schooled kids had to go to school, the kids who went to school had to be home schooled. At some point the rich dad said to his kids, fresh from a home schooling session, "how was... school?" The kid said he loved it. Why? Because, he only had to do two math problems and home schooling was, "way way easy." The dad was flustered and immediately put an end to that.
Is this how bad home schooling always is? If so, then what the hell? No wonder so many people voted for Bush. No wonder they're so against abortion. They're completely uninformed. The conservative mom said... Actually believes that "it's a woman's privilege to cook for her family." When this woman was with the family who went to school, she didn't know what to do with hersef, so she decided to make cardboard cutouts of the family, place them around the breakfast table and play a game of cards. With cardboard.
Needless to say, when you're having a conversation with someone who's ultra-religious, most likely, this is the kind of person you're dealing with. Fox News can make generalizations based on simple findings, so why can't I?