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  •  We homeschooled (2+ / 0-)
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    mamamedusa, AllisonInSeattle

    and I had the same Jeopardy experience you did. It's only limiting if that's your goal. My kid directed her own reading outside of what we were studying. She taught herself a lot of things. She's 15 now and I'm constantly amazed at how much of her own person she is. Ideally, that's the goal.

    Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

    by Debby on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:16:25 PM PDT

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    •  Trouble is, too many homeschooling parents (2+ / 0-)
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      are the type who WANT to limit their kids' thinking and exposure to outside information/values/concepts.

      That's their whole purpose !

      Now, if that's not you, great. But too often that's what I'm seeing in the homeschooling community.

      I see frighteningly insular thought processing, horrible inaccuracies, and a fear of anything outside of their own personal misunderstandings of the world.

      If that's not you, great. But the folks I personally know who are homeschooling, I wouldn't trust to train a dog properly.

      I must be dreaming...

      by murphy on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:35:20 PM PDT

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      •  There are some parents who really should not be (1+ / 0-)
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        homeschooling their kids because they themselves lack the knowledge and ability to do so. But there are also some terrific homeschooling parents doing a great job.

        I do have a problem with parents who choose to homeschool in order to insulate their child and isolate the child and keep them from experiencing life and keep the kids from socializing. Most of these types are very conservative Evangelical parents. There are parents who will not allow a 17 yr old to leave the house and spend time wtih friends , go on a date, even go to the movies with friends. The parents insist on chaperoning and going along on dates with kids who are 16 and 17.  
        These kinds of parents wonder their kids experience a wild streak once they do get out of the house.  Ie, these parents do not expand their kids' experiences, education, horizons..they limit these kids severely.  Then the kids go away to college or go into the military or leave home to work and have a lot of trouble with socialization skills.

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        by wishingwell on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:40:10 AM PDT

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      •  Have you personally met those parents (0+ / 0-)

        I have been home schooling my children for a decade now. I have had the opportunity to meet parents/families who fall all over the ideological spectrum.

        I tend to be one of the more Liberal parents, and often those I meet are religious. This is because of where I live. I have had the opportunity to see the boxed curriculums available.

        They aren't bad. Some of them have obvious things embedded within them that I won't teach my children, like creationism and intelligent design. But most of these sets are solid in the basics.

        The ideological conditioning they receive at home is no different than what they would receive after school.

        They might limit the kid's access to some material, that is true, but would you rather have the mom and dad in school banning books, or at home directing the readings? Would you rather have mom and dad obstructing public school science curriculum, or at home inflicting this only on their child--as opposed to public school children?

        I meet these kids. They are bright, sensitive, and they are literate. I know many want to imagine that conservative parents are monsters that beat their children and keep them ignorant, but thus far, I have not encountered that.

        There are lots of things I don't agree with, with regard to the ideologies of these people, however I am not going to use that as an excuse to needlessly insult them, based on nothing more than assumptions.

        I don't like it when people do that to me. I certainly do not want to pay that forward.

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