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January 12, 2011

The Case for Home Schooling in One Paragraph

The snow is falling gently outside the window this morning.
My wife and I sat for a quiet moment in the crepuscular light and watched it slowly silt the walk. In a former iteration of our lives, we would have had to get up before dawn and hurriedly tried to figure out if the lamebrains running our kids' schools preferred a day off (for themselves) today or in the summer more and had decided to close school. The safety, never mind the comfort and convenience of the children and their parents never enters into it. We don't bother with any of that anymore. My wife teaches our kids at home. Our kids aren't rousted every morning like vagrants sleeping in a park for the convenience of people we have no regard for, aren't sick all the time, and can read and write. -- Sippican Cottage: The Quality Of Life

Posted by Vanderleun at January 12, 2011 9:50 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Thank you for representing home schooling in such a positive light. Home schooled kids can read, write and, most importantly, think. Also, the most common criticism is that home schoolers lack social skills. However, from my experience as a home schooling mom, it's the other way around. The public school kids in our suburban neighborhood are obsessed with school life. They think only in the context of that structure. They are trained to function within the subculture that is school society - they seem almost nonhuman - robotic, or at best, lemmings. Fitting in is literally a matter of life or death! Each of my kids developed a strong sense of self-awareness and self-worth very early and it would never occur to them to relinquish that for the sake of "fitting in". And depending on the day, work ethic seems to be innate. In fact, if anything, I am the one who is still programmed in the old traditional classroom habits. haha. They actually challenge ME!

Posted by: RedCarolina at January 12, 2011 10:09 AM

All kids will be socialized, the only question is to what.

Posted by: Cris at January 12, 2011 10:17 AM

We really need to start a home colleging movement to shield young adults from internalizing the most noxious and dysfunctional ideas.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at January 12, 2011 10:19 AM

That thought has occured to me, Bob. But with minds like Ann Coulter and S.E. Cupp and Greg Gutfeld out there, I feel there is hope for my kids. It will indeed depend on how well I prepare them for the battle, the odyssey.. I nearly lost my soul at a small liberal arts college and I was raised by very conservative Christian parents. Luckily, family sat me down for the "vote straight Repub" speech before I wasted my virgin presidential vote on Bill Clinton in the name of "pro-choice". I was firmly wedged in my "tree-hugger" phase. I could not imagine being expected to carry a baby I didn't want to full term. I blame that entire pre-Rush Limbaugh chapter, one in which I wondered aimlessly in the ever-trendy, miserably-earthy "feel-good" wilderness, on that one Edie Brickell song! haha! We all wanted to be Edie Brickell! I literally thank God for my journey out of darkness - that my family had the courage to confront me even in my Edie Brickell phase, because it was a very close call. My kids will not be as ill-equipped as their mother. haha. They are already more politically aware and self-determined than I was in college. Even then, I am concerned for how they will manage to survive in the enemy territory.

Posted by: RedCarolina at January 12, 2011 10:56 AM

*occurred (shameless spellcheck)

Posted by: RedCarolina at January 12, 2011 10:59 AM

It would be good to start an underground railroad for urban kids imprisoned in public schools, too, Bob.

Posted by: Jewel at January 12, 2011 11:10 AM

Brilliant. Too bad Republicans never have the balls to put it that way, and to take back the mantle of civil rights from the leftist pimps who profit from the dysfunction they propagate.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at January 12, 2011 11:25 AM

Very often I have heard successful people who were once tortured and failing school kids say they learned all they knew about the basic building blocks of education from a few weeks or months of instruction in private tutoring. But what the state intends to teach kids does take years to accomplish.

Posted by: james wilson at January 12, 2011 11:36 AM

I am not only a home schooling mom, but a former public high school teacher. The kids are definitely learning the skill of demanding something for nothing. And the administration is definitely learning to press teachers to give them something for nothing. And we don't even have teachers unions where I taught. Between my experience in the god-forsaken public schools and my own recovery from the trappings trendy liberal culture, it was a no-brainer when my kids were starting school. I believe the people who deserve the "big balls" award would be the Christians who pioneered the home schooling movement and suffered indignation and even prison time at the hands of their respective state governments. There is not a single day that goes by that I don't thank God for their courage and pray He grants me half the courage when I am faced with such a "calling".

Posted by: RedCarolina at January 13, 2011 10:51 AM

Been there and done that home schooling stuff. Now my kids are rational, inner-directed, responsible, competent happy adults who for the most part laugh at popular culture and political correctness. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and if I could make a living schooling another family in a homelike environment, it would be the best job I could imagine having.

Posted by: raincityjazz at January 13, 2011 6:02 PM

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