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    Filed at 5:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    There are buches of new posts in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s message board about homeschooling. It’s written blog style with the newest posts up top. Here’s my favorite:

    In response to Mr. Norton, my wife and I were educated in public schools and colleges and would never have dreamed of home schooling our children until we met a family whose children were markedly better at relating to children both younger and older than themselves. We also noticed they had were able to have conversations with adults that were decidedly more comfortable and meaningful than most other children had with other adults,including their parents. When we explored why these children stood out from the other children we knew, we learned that they were home schooled. We were intrigued and researched the option thoroughly. Twenty years later, and after 11 years of homeschooling our own four children, I have met many exceptional home-schooled children. No doubt you have had a poor personal experience, Mr. Norton, but I also am a public educator and it is clear that home-schooled children generally have clear advantages both academically and socially. The student-teacher ratio equates to a “King’s” education and the incredible support structure in this region allows for endless opportunities in fine and practical arts as well as sports.

    Finally, keep in mind that home school families pay just as much as everyone else to support public education. The difference is that we gladly pay simply to have the freedom not to send our children to public school. Then we willingly pay on top of that for curriculum, programs and other classes so that our children can have the kind of education that will truly prepare them for any challenges life will bring their way.

    — Mark Ray, Marietta

    2 Responses to “ATLANTA UPDATE”

    Comment by
    July 28th, 2003
    at 8:59 am

    Mark makes an excellent point! Excellent!

    I followed the link there…I’m interested in reading what Mr. Norton said in the first place, but I couldn’t find it. Wonder what his “poor personal experience” was?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 28th, 2003
    at 9:26 am

    Interesting. Mr. Norton’s comments appear to have scrolled off the bottom. (The AJC “blog” doesn’t have archives; they must be using Blogger software. 🙂 ) His comments were right out of the edu-crats handbook: homeschoolers aren’t properly socialized; he knew some who were behind their age-mates, etc. Very typical.