Homeschool Essentials

Whether unschooled or highly structured, religious or secular, all homeschools encounter the same challenges. All successful homeschools exhibit the same essential qualities. This weblog will help you understand and apply those qualities, minimize frustration, and enjoy more success sooner.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

What A Boy Needs to Know

But first. . .

March is burnout month.

Lots of Homeschoolers experience burnout this time of year.

You'll find some of the symptons (and their cures) on my Homeschool Essentials Website

What a boy needs to know to become a man. That's the informal title of a talk that Hub McCann gives to teenage and young adult boys.

If you've seen the film "Secondhand Lions," you know what I'm talking about. This is another DVD that demonstrates important values for homeschoolers. Walter, an adolescent boy, is dumped by his irresponsible mother on her two uncles, Hub and Garth McCann for the summer. On the way she tells Walter that the old men have been gone for forty years, and have mysteriously returned, rumored to have great wealth. She hints rather broadly that Walter might want to find out where they hid it.

The old men, played in cantankerous deadpan by Oscar winners Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, don't care much for relatives, and know little or nothing about children. They make few accommodations for Walter.

The two uncles are stranger than garlic ice cream, scaring away traveling salesmen (except for one notable one) by firing their shotguns, importing a giraffe and a geriatric lion, planting a complete garden of all corn, and telling Walter tales of adventure which include Africa and the Foreign Legion. Hub sleepwalks and fights past battles in his sleep.

Other people claim the men are either bank robbers, or paid assassins, and even try to get Walter to reveal the whereabouts of their supposed stache. In the process, Walter learns what it means to be a man, and what it means to really live. We only hear a part of Hub's "What a boy needs to know to be a man" speech, but it's worth the price of admission. Oh, and all the loose ends are neatly tied up. A real winner for families.


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