How many parents honestly have a good idea about titrations, oxidative phosphorylation, Cartesian philosophy, or building birdhouses?
My answer? Probably not a lot. But it's easily remedied with a few hot and heavy moments of Googling.
Titrations The most basic explanation is that it's a controlled drip. Something like a Fox News anchor but in liquid form.
Oxidative Phosphorylation This one is tougher but I am confident that, as shown in this animation, it has something to do with electrical outlets, funnels and bellows.
I'll probably get a clearer picture when we cover celluar respiration in a few years.
Cartesian philosophy Refering to Descartes and his crazy thinking. You all remember your grade 11 philosophy class (I mean we ALL studied philosophy in high school, RIGHT? It was third period, just after quantum physics) where you were joyfully submerged in Pythagoras' divine numbers, Platonic Dualism, Aristotles' idea of causality and such? Take them all, mix them in a shot glass, chug it down and the cute little burp that comes out after is Cartesian Philosophy.
Oh. Like this one?
They come in kits now. Any 8 year old can do it these days. In fact an 8 year old did THIS one. While telling a 33 year old to bugger off.
"I can do it Mom."
"Stop hovering Mom."
"Go AWAY Mom."
Pffft. See if I make YOU any brownies kid.
Anyway, the point? The point...Oh. The point is that while many parents might not have a good idea about titrations, oxidative phosphorylation, Cartesian philosophy, or building birdhouses they certainly could have a good idea with a little effort and interest. See how fast I picked up on the key role household electrical outlets play in oxidative phosphorylation?
I respect the fact that most parents don't want to homeschool their kids. I don't respect arguments that seem to imply most parents aren't smart enough or curious enough to homeschool. Parenting period demands those things.
Now, excuse me but that oxidative phosphorylation thing has piqued my interest. I think I'll pass the kids a couple of funnels, a fork and sit them in front of an outlet. Instant learning experience!