More Kid Stuff: “Homeschool of Rock” or Video Gaming for Real

19 08 2008

See Homeschool of Rock and if you have a teenager in the house, see also Bad Dad? Parents Let Son Drop Out to Pursue Gaming Career:

Blake seems like a bright kid, and his parents didn’t just let him drop out. He’s being tutored at home, gets high marks and has acquired, according to his parents, a remarkably improved disposition since the change.

Gee, no kidding!

[So] Blake seems happy with his home school arrangement, as you would expect from a teenager who is allowed to stay up into the wee hours to play video games. Sometimes, when Mike heads to the gym before 5 a.m., his son is still playing video games.
. . .when Blake’s older brother wanted to focus on football, they got him a trainer and the help he needed along that path, so why not give Blake the same chance? Their decision seems like a considered one, and both point out that even if Blake fails in this attempt, he’ll take valuable lessons away from the experience.

Yep. Like his life belongs to him and he can do ANYTHING with it. 🙂

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23 08 2008
Colleen

And his parents take his interests seriously. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my previously negative feelings about video games probably had a negative effect on Jerry. He readily admits to wanting to spend all his time playing video games (even though he doesn’t really play all that much) but he often talks about it like it’s a bad thing–like he believes it means he’s a loser. I’m only just realizing how important it is for me to embrace his love of video games–rather than just accept it. Our society takes a pretty dim view of kids that spend a lot of time playing video games so as a parent of a kid who is into video games I’ve got a lot of embracing to do if I’m going to counter the message society is sending him. I hope I’m making sense here…

24 08 2008
JJ

Hi Colleen – our electric power’s been out most of the weekend with the Fay floods, and so we played lots of board games by lantern. Last night we played BookLover’s Trivial Pursuit for hours and Young Son was delighted at some of the answers he knew or could make good guesses at — he got a Bilbo Baggins question and even a Hank the CowDog, and guessed Rupert Murdoch rather than Sumner Redstone as head of Viacom (he knows astonishing literature and publishing answers just from watching Stephen Colbert and cruising geek game forums online btw) — while it was also fun for him to see his dad, English major Favorite Daughter and me all rolling our eyes and making fun of some of the esoteric answers we’d never heard of and wouldn’t care about.

And I think it reinforced his dad’s conventional comfort level, to see how generally interesting and intellectually engaged in the larger world his only son naturally is, even though he DOES use his own gaming computer as if it were his fulltime profession! 🙂

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