Yes, in this relation the US is much more free than Germany. In Germany, they can take away the children if one tries to homeschool them. Changing the school is possible in Germany too, my children have done this even several times. But there is not much difference - except there is different personal. All children are born with curiosity. They may be curious about very different things. I doubt. But this is not the point. [quite]I strongly suspect this is true of most people - there are unpleasant parts of their work (or hobbies) that they force themselves to do so that they can participate in the activity.[/QUOTE] Yes. But there is a difference if the unpleasant thing is part of what you really want to do - in this case, this is nothing which really hurts - or if you are simply forced to do this. And if I see how preschoolers are happy to go first time to school, and compare what they think the next year about this, I know that what happened is terribly wrong.