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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 m

    • 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 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 ?

      Yes, I agree with you on this. Sarah doesn't, though; she'd like to keep them back a few more years, at least. Have them face the big bad world at 7 instead of 5, or 10 instead of 6. I'm going to be particularly concerned with making sure they do learn to deal with it; I don't think that's completely impossible with a homeschool environment.

      This may sound silly, but I've been thinking of homeschooling a little bit like vegetarianism: it can be a great idea, but you have to be wary that you might miss a few important things. In order to handle that, you identify the things you are at risk to miss, take vitamin supplements, and try to get a wide variety of foods to cover things. I'm identifying things I'm worried about the kids missing (none of which seems to be a killer argument against homeschool) and thinking about ways to mitigate those possible problems.

      I can't believe I am arguing for someone to actually SEND a kid to school

      Heh; I said something similar at one point. I was a huge iconoclast and anti-education in high school; all I was interested in was the piece of paper. Today I wouldn't trade the education I got, though, for the world.

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