Why it's important to have the well honed ability to choose for
oneself ---to sift the unimportant from the valuable--- rather than
simply accept the spoonfed style of education. I saw this quote this
on a word origins list:

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention
of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of
attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the
overabundance of information sources that might consume it. -Herbert
Alexander Simon, economist, Nobel laureate (1916-2001)

I just had the sudden picture of presidents and their advisors, how
impossible it is that every decision the president makes is his own.
I mean, the information that's considered of key importance for the
president's consideration. How does that get decided? There's
something wrong with that picture, but it's likely to be something I
don't understand.

As to myself and my family being able to choose for themselves the
information each person finds valueable... I just love that
unschooling can make that happen.