I could have put this thread in a couple of places, but since this is something I see frequently as a marketing tool to homeschoolers, I’m putting it here. I’ve seen descriptions and comments about education where it is implied or encouraged that one ‘fool’ their kids into learning. For instance, buying books and telling kids that these are your books, in order to tempt them into reading…stuff like that. I want to make learning fun and challenge my kids, but I don’t get the idea that it’s ok to ‘trick’ them in order to inspire them to learn. I’m not talking about doing fun things that are educational. The above example seems to me like active deception. It creeps me out.
I suppose one could also include hiding veggies in the meatloaf (I saw a commercial for … I think it was Chef Boyardee) where the parents are hiding the fact that there are veggies in the pasta because if the kids realize it’s healthy, they won’t eat it… which IMO is a horrible lesson to teach your kids. My method is more like- “This is broccoli- eat it or die young.” :p
Anyway, I was wondering if these little deceptions bother anyone else.