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[17 Jan 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Lies About Homeschoolers

This is a fun video going through several of the homeschool stereotypes. Wouldn’t it be great if the next great comedian was a homeschooler?

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[18 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
Is It Possible to Completely Deschool in Our Society?

I was in public school from pre-K through grad school. Then question then is, should I deschool? I think it’s a good thing, but, is it? Because if I completely deschool, where would that put me in relation to the rest of the culture I live in?

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[9 Dec 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
Homeschoolers Zerg a Blog Post, and Get a Smack-Down from Allison B.

“This is absolutely ridiculous. This is not the type of behavior I would expect from adults who homeschool their children. Perhaps if you didn’t spend so much of your time at home you wouldn’t be searching the Internet for blogs about homeschooling.”

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[20 May 2008 | 9 Comments | ]

A young adult at Yahoo! Answers, who was homeschooled, is having trouble finding her way. She asked this question:
I was homeschooled from 7th grade on. 7ths and 8th grade my mom did with my brother and I. Highschool we did on our own, it was from Harcourt Learning Direct (used to be ICS, and Thompson Education Direct). I didn’t really understand anything because I hate reading so I just skipped to the tests at the end, almost flunked on Math but I cheated from my brothers books so I would …

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[30 Apr 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

Chelsea Link says this about her extraordinary, yet relaxed, life: “I think I’ve had a pretty normal high school experience . . . just without the high school.”
Another interesting quote by Christopher Watson, admissions dean at Northwestern, “We haven’t changed the way we review applications, but the way home-schoolers are submitting applications has changed,” he said. “They’ve become very good at taking out the question marks.”
Perhaps it’s a combination of the two? Northwestern may not have changed it’s admissions process, but other universities have.
Congratulations Chelsea! Reading science magazines and …

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[9 Jan 2008 | 8 Comments | ]

I don’t usually think too hard about my kids’ getting into college or being prepared for a career. When the time comes, it’ll work out.
I am confident in this because of the realities of American opportunities, and because of knowing many people who have found success non-traditionally. In fact, I know very few people besides myself and my graduate school friends who took the traditional route to their success.
My dad, for example, dropped out of college to go into the military, and owned a business for 20 years. At age …

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[14 Dec 2007 | 4 Comments | ]

My husband reads Metafilter like my dad used to read the paper. Today, my husband forwarded this link to me.
I am unmeasurably impressed by the discourse that followed after the initial question: Should my friend, who was homeschooled in a fundamentally Christian home, mention his GED on his college application? And how can he get a job?
This conversation could have gone in so many directions. The fine folks at Metafilter, chose to post clear, helpful and supportive responses.
Kudos to the responders at Metafilter!

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[5 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

MIT has had its college level open courseware available for a while. Now, they are introducing a new set of online self-paced courses for the high schooler, or adults who would like to brush up on high-school level material.

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[11 Oct 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

This encouraging article suggests that universities are truly starting to recognize the strengths of homeschoolers.
This quote is what really sold me on the idea that yes, universities understand where homeschoolers are coming from, and why they are such strong candidates:
It occurred to [Russell Jamison, dean of the engineering school] that home-schoolers’ inquisitive, self-directed learning style — an educational model that often gets lost in the highly structured “problem-set oriented” environment of traditional high schools, he says — was particularly well suited to engineering. The school holds an annual open house for home-schoolers …

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[6 Jul 2007 | One Comment | ]

MIT started the inevitable trend. Now, iTunes is jumping on the bandwagon. (If you have iTunes, just go to the iTunes store in the program, and select iTunes U.)
The iTunes classes are great for the visual and audio learner. Some are podcasts, others are videos of lectures.
Personally, these vids put me to sleep. Give me a book and a good conversation w/a pro over coffee. But hubby, when he saw this iTunes selection, he nearly lost it. “OMG, this is AWESOME!”
This is only the beginning. I’m tellin’ ya, the internet …

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[4 Jan 2007 | One Comment | ]

Should the goal be for kids to do well in school, or to do well in life? What if they are doing well in school, but have no life? What if they are doing well in life, but don’t do well with school work?
What would it be like if there was no such thing as “success” or “failure” in school? What if school was purely to give kids knowledge and understanding, at whatever level they would like, and the students got to decide what that takeaway would be?
What if grades …

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[29 Dec 2006 | 4 Comments | ]

This commentary about David Albert’s book brings up interesting insight on preparedness for college.
It suddenly clicked. The home-schooled child is ready for college. They’ve (parents) spent a life-time preparing them for it. We (homeschoolers) start now, instead of throwing them in same-aged groups force feeding curriculum down their throats. After a decade of school, we expect them (schooled kids) to arrive in college, excited, self-initiated, wildly excited to learn, passionate, innovative, creative and broad thinkers when we’ve spent their lifetime beating out every ounce of self-initiated learning out of them.
We, …