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March 30, 2006

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TammyT

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I hope it helps readers realize the true diversity of homeschoolers and that not all Christian homeschoolers are isolationists. In fact, I'd say, most aren't. I look forward to reading more of your entries.

Jamie

It's funny how often people forget to realize that the entire idea of average means that half of all the kids will, necessarily, have to be below average and that only half can be above average.

And yes, thanks, for the non-isolationist commentary. Where I live, the majority of home-schoolers/homeschoolers are very much home-schooling for isolationist religious reasons - and proud to say so. As a non-religious person (reverent agnostic, if you will) I have been excluded (up front) from joining everything from homeschooling groups (required membership in an "approved" Christian church & statement of faith to sign) to simply having kids over to play. Here is an actual quote from someone I met at a park. The kids had a great time playing until the mom learned I was not a Christian and took her kids home. "There's really no point in having Timothy become friends with someone who's damned. You know, won't go to heaven?"

So, again, thanks for reminding me that what I see here is just a local anomaly and not the national norm.

Steph

This is an excellent tribute to the wonderful diversity among home schoolers (including home schoolers who happen to be Christians) :-) S http://www.momof3feistykids.blogspot.com/

Mandy

I’m not a mom yet but I am planning to home school already, for many of the reasons you have mentioned. It's appealing also because my friends who are home schooling have kids who are learning very well, socially better adjusted than most of my former students and are a delight to be around.

Regarding American textbooks, my experience has been very different. As a substitute teacher I found that a lot of the texts I encountered at the elementary level glossed over very important parts of American history or misrepresented them completely. In some cases they over-emphasized the historical transgressions you mentioned, steering clear of those concurrent events of which we can be proud. Perhaps this is the pendulum swinging the other way or because I live in the Pacific Northwest where anti-Americanism is a firmly held ideal among educators. Parents who are willing to explore the good and the bad, domestic and international history will give their kids a better education than will public schools.

You’re right about kids doing so well when they are free to learn at their own rate. That is my main reason to pursue home school. I thank you for your great points in answer to the question of socialization- that’s the main objection I hear.

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