TOS: To merge them somehow?
KIM: Yeah. To merge education
with the experiences. When I was
growing up, in our home there was no
technology really to speak of. Except for
my mother—she had a computer in the
house because she worked for Bell Labs.
My parents picked us up and we would
go to Paris. If somebody was studying
the Ei;el Tower . . . “My kids are going
My dad worked for the airlines, so we
got to travel for free. We slept at a lot of
airports, which was fine. When you’re
10, who cares? But in that sense, I think
if there’s a future and where a direction
could be, I think it would be, and I hope
that it would be, to merge the experiences
with the education so that the kids can
actually see it in action. You know—if
we’re studying something, or if he’s
studying something, I want him to go
see the apes at the zoo. I want him to go
experience feeding a gira;e, to go to the
art museum to see Cezanne, even if you
don’t know who that is right now. Still
see it. So, in answer to your question, I
think it’s just to bring the two together.
TOS: More of a supplement rather than
a . . .
KIM: Replacement. Technology has
great roles, and unfortunately, how do I
say this, unfortunately people lose their
manners and their background when
it comes to technology. My rule is that
when at the family dinner table, there’s no
technology. When we’re at a restaurant,
TOS: So, we need to go back and
use technology rather than allowing
technology to use us?
KIM: Yes, to have it take over. It just
irks me that when you’re out and you
see a mom or a dad with their kids
and the kids are sitting there with their
parents texting. Really good quality time
there, huh? [Laughter] A lot of family
conversation going on there. [Laughter]
There’s a time and place for everything.
TOS: Yes, there is.
KIM: And that’s that.
Part Two of this interview will be
published in our Spring 2011 issue,
which will be available in April.
Liz and her husband, Craig, have three
children—two homeschool graduates and
one to go! Plus they’re enjoying the joys of grandchildren. Liz’s greatest desire is that her children and grandchildren always walk in the truth (III John 1: 4). Liz is an assistant to the publisher at TOS and is also a freelance writer and editor. She loves learning new things and wishes he had more time to create dried flower crafts.
Paulie Suarez is a Christian homeschool
graduate who is now in college pursuing
a degree in computer science. Paulie has
a specific passion for mobile electronics
and SmartPhone development. He has
extensive experience in Linux, Mac OS
X, iOS, and Windows. Hobbies include
Ultimate Frisbee, bass guitar and music
studio mixing, and mountain biking.
Visit Paulie at
.com, or you can contact him at paul@
Kim has a weekly three-hour, call-in, talk radio show broadcast on more than 470 stations. She has a “Digital Minute” radio feature five days a week, has written ten books about life in the digital age, sends out nearly 10 million e-mail newsletters weekly, and authors a syndicated news- paper column. She does all of this while
raising a son and operating a growing
media empire with her husband and
associate, Barry Young. For more about
Kim, visit her website at