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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ryan: "What are you reading?"
Me: "Stuff about homeschooling."
Ryan: "Maybe you should take up whittling or something."


  1. I have LOTS of friends here that home school their kids. They are great families with smart kids. Being in YW I have a unique view of these families. You can tell the difference between the home schooled ones and the public schooled ones. I say public school all the way! The home schooled children are a lot of the time very behind the others socially. They want to to hold their hand through everything, because mom was always there to do it when in school. I choose public school for my kids but I also know that I have to be on top of things to make sure they are getting the education they need and are not slipping through the cracks. I am a big believer in my own form of school called Co-Schooling. K+The teacher+Me= success.

    I know you are the type of mom to be involved. So teach at home and let them teach at school too.

  2. Tell Ryan that I really enjoy whittling ... and sometimes it amounts to the same thing!

  3. Whittling? Cool!! I am partial to eagles, pheasants, and buffalos and my birthday is in September. You need to start soon.

    As for home schooling, 10 years ago I would have said not a good idea. Home schooled children are definitely lacking are behind in the social skills. But the trade off is, you send your children to public schools to be exposed to lying, cheating, stealing, dishonesty, profanity, meanness, rudeness, and a severe moral decline. Also there seems to be a lot of inept teachers. I know there are definitely some good ones; I have 4 good ones in my family. I say if you’ve got the grit and sand, your children will be better off for being home schooled. You don’t have to separate God and school, a natural combination. When ever you stop the home school process, maybe at high school or college, there will be a cultural shock. But the likelihood of them being honest, God fearing, profanity-less, respecting people are greater than if exposed to our public school process. With government intervention, our public schools are not a model of success. As a disclaimer from anyone that gets their dander up, yes I think you can teach good values in the home and your children will turn out good. But why expose them to all the filth if you don’t have too. That’s my opinion from an old guy who has raised 7 children and has 11 grandchildren with 12 and 13 on the way. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.