Squrlz4Ever

Registered bored user

You lookin' at me?

squrlz4ever wrote:
boredhuman I readily admit I don't know much. I wasn't home-schooled and I've never met anyone who was.

I do remember reading some remarkable success stories. If memory serves, one piece I read was about three brothers who were homeschooled, and all three of them wound up going to Harvard. One was a budding Twain scholar, I believe.

On the other paw, I've seen a couple documentaries about homeschooling, and the parents seemed to be homeschooling not so much out of a desire to educate as to indoctrinate. I'd be wary of information on homeschooling's successes if it's coming from an advocacy group, as your first source does.

The 3% figure is good information. So we're talking about a small fraction of students here. It's unlikely homeschooling is what's behind this distinctly American anti-science environment we seem to be living in.
squrlz4ever wrote:
holygod Good point. Here's some data I'd like to see: What is the prevalence of Flat Earthism, Creationism, and AGW denial among those who've been home-schooled vs. those who have not?

At a certain point, doesn't a society have an obligation to step in if a practice is making a significant percentage of its young people scientifically ignorant?

If I want to teach my children that all life-forms other than squirrels are bio-mechanical devices brought to Earth by aliens 100 years ago--and declare that belief as part of my religion--would that be allowed? At what point do bizarre belief systems, when forced into children's heads, become child abuse?

Perhaps the percentage of home-schooled children is too small to bother? Or perhaps the Republicans are too afraid of upsetting their conservative base that they look the other way?

Do other advanced societies--in Japan, the UK, Australia, and Germany, say--allow home-schooling?
squrlz4ever wrote:
daegog Boom! That's a great sentence you just wrote there, Daegog. Kudos.
squrlz4ever wrote:
So the real motivation for the corporations behind this is not billions of dollars in profits--it's to help the little people, "people living in rural areas and low-income Americans"?

It would take a mountain of profanity to adequately describe what I think of this.
squrlz4ever wrote:
woodyville06 Ah-ha! So there's a plan. I like it. I hope this plan, at some point, includes squirrel-size spacesuits so we can help humanity combat the impending space gopher invasion. But that's another topic for another night.
squrlz4ever wrote:
This is, indeed, sad. Sixty-seven isn't old today; he ought to have had more time.

~in honor of David Cassidy, Squrlz puts on his "I Think I Love You (Because You're a Female Squirrel, and I'm a Male Squirrel, Baby)!" necklace~

Cue music.

squrlz4ever wrote:
woodyville06 Heh heh heh. You almost had me. Then a tiny light bulb went on in this 6-gram brain of mine.

For those interested, squirrels have a brainweight:bodyweight ratio of 1:150. Humans have a ratio of 1:44. So we aren't the sharpest critter in the forest. And yet somehow you guys can't figure out how to make a birdfeeder we can't get into. 
squrlz4ever wrote:
LOL... this has fulfilled my USRDA of weird.
squrlz4ever wrote:
There was a time when knuckleheads like this lived lonely lives at the end of cul-de-sacs in houses that were in desperate need of a coat of paint. Now they reach out to one another over the internet, make their own videos, and hold conventions.
squrlz4ever wrote:
My sympathies to Scots everywhere. This monologue of stupidity, delivered in a thick Highland brogue, does Scotland no favors whatsoever.

"This is stottin' to make me think--ehrm, mebbe not--bicaws whare's this guy's spehssoot?"

~facepaw~
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squrlz4ever wrote:
My reaction to the two tables illusion:  O.O

squrlz4ever wrote:
thezigrat Well, I'm glad you're back. Going forward, try to eat only people with agree with you. If they nod their head vigorously, just gobble 'em up!
squrlz4ever wrote:
kalron27 Thanks for cutting me some slack. I have a hard enough time wrapping my little pink tongue around hooman gibberish without figuring out Catspeak.

For the curious, here's a rundown of my language abilities:
FLUENT IN: American English (especially after I've had my coffee); Black Capped Chickadee, Chipmunk, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, most European Squirrel languages, Porcupine, and Gopher (although I'm not proud of this last one--there was a gopher family living near my childhood tree home and it was kind of an osmosis thing).
PASSABLE IN: North American Crow, American Red Fox, Mourning Dove, Rabbit, Woodchuck, and Beaver.
CAN ASK WHERE THE TRAIN STATION IS IN: North American Turkey, House Finch, Klingon, Finnish, and French.
squrlz4ever wrote:
scheckydamon LOL. Schecky, you are very baa--a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ad!
squrlz4ever wrote:
Dinner and entertainment. I like it. It just takes some getting used to. Hoomans go to those murder mystery dinners all the time. This is kinda the same thing... only squirrel-sized.
squrlz4ever wrote:
scheckydamon Schecky, you may have hit upon the next secret DARPA project... a battalion of goats specially bred and trained to bite the enemy's dicks off. O.O  "Auugghh! RUN FOR YOUR JUNK! They've released the dick-biting goats!"
squrlz4ever wrote:
thezigrat ZIG! Where were you? Everything OK, I hope?
squrlz4ever wrote:
chickenfarts Thanks, Chickenfarts!
squrlz4ever wrote:
insaneai I like! Ear tufts add such character. I wish we Eastern Gray Squirrels had them, but alas no.
squrlz4ever wrote:
melcervini LOL! Spoken as only someone with parenting experience could.
squrlz4ever wrote:
Crass, tasteless, and over-the-top confrontational. Also almost certainly protected by the First Amendment.

I say "almost certainly" because of the FUCKs and the obscene finger gesture. I simply don't know if the display of gestures and language generally regarded as obscene are protected in public areas, such as highways. I suspect they are when attached to a political viewpoint, as they are here. If anyone has good information on this one way or the other, please share. (In a hurry this morning and don't have time to research this.)
squrlz4ever wrote:
Rummy, this is probably the best content you've ever submitted. It is perfect in its combination of funny and creepy. So so so weird. The edits and soundtrack do a great job of exposing the bizarreness of these televangelist programs.

Please submit more of these (maybe one a week?). I'd love to watch them here on IAB.
squrlz4ever wrote:
"Mew!" Don't know if I've ever seen this before. I like.
squrlz4ever wrote:
barry9a Ugh. This is why we can't have nice things!