Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More about choices

My last post about technology, relationship with nature, access to nature, and education, was essentially about personal choices and how well-equipped are young people to make these choices; similarly, it questioned how well-equipped adults (including but not limited to parents, educators, and other professionals) are to make these decisions for young people.

That is why I see a relationship between that post (the articles linked from it and the ideas expressed in it) to this article about a couple in Canada who strive not to project gender norms on their children, so much so that they are withholding the gender of their baby from nearly everyone who asks.

I won't tell you what I think of this yet, because I have to go back to work and because I'm more interested in learning what other people think. What do you think? What are your initial reactions? Is this a good idea in theory? Is this a good idea in practice, in this particular situation? Would it be a good or bad idea in a different situation? Is Storm being given the freedom to make his or her own choice, or are choices being made for him or her? What about Storm's brothers -- are choices being made for them by their parents or any other entities besides themselves?

"Unschooling" is a whole separate issue that comes up in this article, but it relates to choice, too.

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