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  • Yeah, homeschooling is one of those odd things where both the extreme left and extreme right have a tendency to have common resources and goals. One of my left-ish friends homeschooled his kids, and had lots of conversations with right-ish homeschoolers as well. Interesting.
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    • This is one of the things I really like about homeschooling. There are so many different points of view. As long as all subscribe to the fundamental mantra of homeschooling, in my mind, "Parents are the best judge of how to raise and educate their own children," I appreciate what they are doing and love looking at the diversity for cross-pollination of ideas.

      Somewhere I read somebody saying the tree-huggers (or some similar offensive term for leftist environmentalists) paved the way, the religious funda

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Parents are the best judge of how to raise and educate their own children

        And... everyone is above average [freep.com] too.

        On a more serious note, being the best judge of how to do it (which I don't agree with... but let's just pretend for a moment) still doesn't make you the most capable person of doing it.

        I personally will be home schooling my kids... every day after they get home from school. I will add to their learning experience.

        Not shield them from it.

        It seems to me that this is the real purpose for many po
        • I personally will be home schooling my kids... every day after they get home from school. I will add to their learning experience. Not shield them from it.

          How is teaching kids shielding them learning? I could just as easily say, by sending your kids off to school during the day, you are shielding them from opportunties they could otherwise have.

          What your statement assumes is that sending a kid to a school is the best or default way for them to learn these things, or that it is somehow something people
          • How is teaching kids shielding them learning?

            Taking them out of formal school so that they won't experience something (political, religious, social) is the shielding I was referring to.

            The only case I've personally experienced was where someone started home schooling because they didn't want their kid taught evolution.

            If you can't deal with exposing your kid to a theory, you have a serious problem, IMHO. At the very least, teach them to refute the damn thing. But, to completely limit exposure?

            What you
            • I've really got to agree with pudge's case that a lot of school is a waste of time. (He seems to perhaps be saying 100% of school ... I'd have to make the percentage somewhat lower.)

              I have an informal list of "reasons that made it easier for me to choose homeschooling." This list isn't written, yet; it consists of things that I just did not like or do not like about the system of schooling; these are not items that constitute reasons why I am going to homeschool, but things that made it easier for me to make that choice.

              One of the items near the top of that list is makework! I had to do so much junk in school. I detested all the artwork I was required to do in English class and others. My brother once got a poor grade in an eighth-grade science project that was mostly artwork. He had worked very hard, night after night for a month. (It involved at least a month of lunar observations.) Now, it just so happens my father was at the time dating (and is now married to) another eighth grade science teacher from our school district. And my now-step-mother told us all about this project: seems it had been presented to all the 8th grade science teachers in the district. All of them thought it was a great idea, except for her. And it turns out later that the big buzz among these teachers was how to grade it. They could not establish any objective standard for this "wonderful" project. So my brother put in tons of work on a useless project (useless according to my well-qualified science-teaching mother) and got a crummy grade.

              And I have dozens of these stories. Most of them involve work that just plain and simply did not relate to a class.

              So I'm with pudge: if I keep my kids out of school, that frees up all kinds of time for real learning. My kids will have extra time to read good literature, or learn programming from Dad, or build something, or whatever. Replacing the classroom for them is going to be incredibly liberating, compared to my education.

              I guess that's why it's so easy for me to react to your assertion that replacing one educational experience with another does not accomplish anything. If the time in school were used wisely, that could be true.

              BTW, what in this post says anything about shielding kids from evolution? (Did you notice I said my mother is a science teacher?) Please get the point of my journal entry and drop your negative stereotypes of homeschoolers. They may have been true for the 1980's, but the 2010+s are going to be a different world.

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              J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
              • I've really got to agree with pudge's case that a lot of school is a waste of time.

                I would agree. I was bored out of my gourd in high school.

                I rarely did homework... had 18 zeros one quarter in my English Comp. class.

                Still graduated 26th (of ~450) in my class.

                It was a totally horrendous waste of time, in my view, at the time.

                And, I would totally agree that it needs to be imporved.

                BTW, what in this post says anything about shielding kids from evolution?

                Nothing in your post. I brought that up from m