Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wearing Glasses and Homeschooling

We wear glasses, as do our kids (at least one of them), and the subject of myopia has recently come up. What exactly causes it, and how can you avoid it. Our optometrist said that they really don't know what the causes are, though there is no shortage of theories out there. I will say this-the whole stereotype of the nerdy bookworm who wears glasses has some merit to me. I've read that from an evolutionary standpoint, reading doesn't necessarily fit into the survival equation, because animals in the wild need to focus on the big picture and see their enemies. Reading focuses on the minute details that are food for thought but are not going to help you avoid predation.

So, maybe it makes a little sense that when you read as young child, you're putting undue strain on your eyes that could lead to shortsightedness. And it's not just reading, TV and computer games count, as well.

Nobody can say for sure, but it's interesting to think about. Of course, there are exceptions, and reading does not guarantee anything, but again, it is intriguing to think of the studious bookworm and the reading glasses.

Speaking of reading, we're still in homeschool mode in terms of answering to the state. We really want to get our enrollment in early, unlike last year, but like all things, it will take time and sweat, two things I don't have a lot of. Actually, sweat is readily available. Don't even get me started on the portfolio, but we do have some time, and we will get this done. Famous last words. Every day I plan out how we'll tackle the government and history objectives, and every day I fail. Something always comes up, though skiing is becoming less of an option.

Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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