One never knows when home education will pop up. While ‘off duty’ and zoning out in front of the tube with a movie-of-opportunity, I was surprised to hear that Honey Ryder, Ursula Andress’s character in the 1962 flick of Ian Fleming’s story, Dr. No, apparently was homeschooled.
In the movie, Honey arose from the sea, and (not surprisingly) captured the attention of 007. When Bond (James Bond) asked her about her childhood, Honey said her father raised her wherever there were shells (her dad’s research specialty) — places such as the Philippines and Bali. James asked Honey about her schooling and she said she didn’t need to go to school because her father had an encyclopedia. Honey said she started reading at A when she was eight and (by the time James was talking to her) she had made it up to T.
Honey’s autodidacticism seems to have upstaged John Holt concerning unschooling. The first of his books, How Children Fail, wasn’t published until 1964.
Now that I’ve got that homeschool tidbit of cinematic trivia out of my system, back to the movie.
posted by Valerie