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  • by brev (1827) on 2004.07.07 15:30 (#32238)
    My girlfriend's teachers used to complain that she was too advanced and forbade her from doing extra reading in class. Her shocked parents, Russian Jewish immigrants, yanked her out of the system and homeschooled her.

    At the age of 27, she has far more confidence in herself than anyone I know. No socialization problems at all. The former weirdo bookworm has blossomed into a local media mogul, one of those people who seems to know everybody. And yet she still delves into heavy literature when she puts her feet up at home.

    There are some noticeable differences. Her writing is a little too informal sometimes. But that's just a skill.

    If the trade is essential self-esteem versus a few writing courses... that's an easy decision.

    Have you seen The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher [cantrip.org] by John Taylor Gatto?
    • There are some noticeable differences. Her writing is a little too informal sometimes. But that's just a skill.

      Yeah, and again, most of the public schooled kids I know have horrible writing skills. Spelling, grammar, style, the whole boat (even sentence fragments!).
    • Check out his website [johntaylorgatto.com] and this collection of essays [preservenet.com].

      I'm debating home-schooling for my family. If I can, I want to. I just won't know whether that is plausible for us until I'm closer to the event. (My first child is still a few months from birth. We're going back and forth on whether to have a second.)