Learnt a lot from this movie of all the idealism of schooling we talk about, what works and what does not, and how easily we belittle the current schooling system, and why it should change.
I learnt because I had lots of opinions and am very vocal about no need for formal schooling to be successful and happy in life. I consider it more as a waste of 18 years of life.
Ben Cash, his wife Leslie and their six children live in the Washington wilderness. Ben and Leslie are former anarchist activists disillusioned with capitalism and American life, and chose to instill survivalist skills, left wing politics, and philosophy in their children – educating them to think critically, training them to be self-reliant, physically fit and athletic, guiding them without technology, demonstrating the beauty of coexisting with nature and celebrating “Noam Chomsky Day” instead of Christmas.
The family briefly stays at his sister Harper’s house. She and her husband try to convince Ben that his children should attend school to receive a traditional education; Ben argues that his children are better educated than Harper’s own children….
Sometime to appreciate the normal you need to go to the extreme, rural isolated in-home parental schooling as opposed to Franchisee McDonalds DPS schooling that most of us got.
There are lots of other instances of incorrect behaviour, because people have not really thought through. Eg: someone who has lost his limb, a parent, a sibling, (in most cases) would not be that gung ho about war than youth who have not lived through the war. There is no victor in war. The ramifications of this reality has not been thought through by most people.
On the topic of war, read how living standard was worse in 1925 compared to 1850 (after the first world war) in Tanzania in this great economic book on Tanzania, a political economy by Andrew Coulston, good read for frontier investors on the forces that shaped ex, British, German, French colonies https://www.amazon.com/dp/0199679967