Thursday, February 24, 2011
So my son is sitting next to me at his PC and he takes off his headphones:
Prince - Hey Dad.
CaptiousNut - Yeah?
Prince - I think we should get a hybrid car.
CaptiousNut - Why is that?
Prince - Because it doesn't create any air pollution.
CaptiousNut - Well that's not exactly true....we'll talk about it later.
My son was on BrainPop.com - one of these $20 a month educational websites. They have tons of cartoonish videos that kids can watch and hopefully learn from.
Now I can't vet everything he reads, watches, etc. but most of what I hear from that site I like. Heck my son is riveted by it. Once last week he was on the site for 3 hours straight.
They have a free trial which we used up many months ago. In fact my son tried to simply re-register for the free trial only to be nixed for using the same email address. (I have to teach him how to create dummy addresses/names!)
Someone in town sent me their government elementary school's password so we are just using that. Our $9,000 in annual school taxes pay for it anyway ($14,000 total property tax!), right?
Anyways I relayed the above dialogue to my wife. She laughed and renominated the site - BrainWash.com.
There was more to come...
A couple days later my son informed me that we had descended from apes!
And then just yesterday I heard BrainWash.com use the avowedly pagan expression *B.C.E* instead of B.C. It stands for *before common era* and is a new one for secular revisionists.
Am I worried about my son's mind being corrupted from this type of content - like so many other parents are and would be?
Not a chance.
Not only do I relish debunking nonsense....it's quite often a great learning opportunity on a silver platter.