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  • I'm from a different country (VERY different), and different culture.. but have you considered that the piece of paper/papers/high school diploma/what have you counts a bit in the real world ?

    See, its the difference between knowing the stuff and knowing that you know it, and having a piece of paper that says you know it. Yes, knowledge is important, but sometimes you get your foot in the door because of the piece of paper..

    Personally, I hated school. I still wouldnt swap any time, not a single minute of my life now for going back to school days. (although things got a lot better in university). But as a counterexample, my parents never bothered to get postgrad later on in life, although they knew all the material. As a result, my mother topped out at less than department head in her university, although (biased opinion, of course), she probably deserved the position.

    One more thing about bad influences.. Your kids, IMNSHO, are going to meet bad influences sometime or the other.. Wouldn't you prefer they learn to deal with it, and with all sorts that they will meet up sooner rather than later ?

    I can't believe I am arguing for someone to actually SEND a kid to school, if their experiences were half of what mine were, they'd be bored, not understand what most of the rules are intended to do, and continually in trouble. But having said that, I'd still need to convince myself NOT to consider school as the only option.

    my 0.02 USD ;)

    • Thanks for the perspective. I do consider the piece of paper important. One concern I addressed with Sarah is that I consider grades more important than homeschoolers -- fortunately, she does, too. I think I'd like my kids to get GEDs [high school equivalency degrees] if they homeschool all the way through high school, just so they'd get that piece of paper. (Thanks for the reminder that I need to mention that to her.)

      One more thing about bad influences.. Your kids, IMNSHO, are going to meet bad infl

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers