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  • Homeschooling one's children is a risky business at best. It's a very popular option here in Oregon and I know quite a few people who are homeschooled. One of them was giving a speech in college about how wonderful homeschooling was and how the stereotype that homeschoolers are not well socialized is rubbish. He pointed to himself as proof. In the question and answer period after the speech, no one touched on this topic because this individual was so inept socially that we were embarrassed for him. I am convinced that anyone in that class who was considering homeschooling abandoned the notion after that.

    Another individual who was homeschooled was a babysitter for one of my girlfriends. I actually got to know her quite well. She was 17, followed me around like a puppy and tried very hard to impress me. She told me about the fights she would get into and how she had a knife to cut off the ***** of any guy who tried to get fresh with her. She wore camouflage pants everywhere and basically exemplified the macho stereotype with the obvious exception of some anatomical issues.

    And then there's Greg's nephew. Greg is brilliant. Greg's sister knows he's brilliant. She called him one day and announced "I'm going to homeschool my son and want you to teach him math."

    Greg was aghast at the idea of his sister trying to teach anyone anything and tried to talk her out of it. His arguments fell on deaf ears, so he pulled out the big guns. "You can't homeschool my nephew. For God's sake, you think France is a city!"

    Greg's sister: "But France is a city."

    Every person that I know who is homeschooled is socially inept, or worse, poorly educated. Of course, given that many if not most hard-core computer people tend to be socially awkward, that's possibly not a bad thing, but children's lives are hard enough. Why add extra burdens?

    When (if?), I am faced with this choice for children, I will likely try to find a good private school as a reasonable compromise.