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    Filed at 2:40 am under by dcobranchi

    Homeschool grad Danielle Perry will be heading to Cambridge on scholarship. She kind of disses her homeschooling background.

    At first, her parents were not thrilled with the idea of Perry attending college, but Perry’s father allowed her to attend nursing school at Reading Hospital and eventually Penn State Berks and University Park.

    Although she grew academically through home schooling, Perry said she felt extremely isolated from the outside world.

    “I almost felt like I was from another country,” Perry said. “It’s taken four to five years, I feel completely normal. It’s something I had to work for.”

    3 Responses to “JOLLY GOOD SHOW”

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    April 21st, 2004
    at 7:35 am

    Damned college reporters — each of these paragraphs cries out for follow-up questions. Parents not thrilled with the idea of college — why? Philosophical, religious, or social objections? Why so isolated — geography or family inclination? Four or five years to feel normal — what kind of problems did she have? Could it have anything to do with the often alienating effects of high intellectual prowess?

    Was she even quoted properly? I hope she ego-googles at some point, finds this, and fills it out a little more.

    Comment by
    Chris O'Donnell
    April 21st, 2004
    at 8:24 am

    Her email address is available at person...sp145/

    Maybe Daryl should contact her and do a real interview.

    Comment by
    Danielle Perry
    May 28th, 2004
    at 8:31 pm

    Hey guys,

    I’m not sure if any of you are still looking at this website, but I thought I’d take the odd chance that you are – and “fill out the story”. Oddly enough, I did google my name tonight, and found your questions and comments. My parents were extremely religious and kept us socially isolated for religious reasons. Further, my parents at that time believed that it was not proper for a woman to attend college. Women were to marry young and have children, in submission to male headship.

    I know that children can be homeschooled without being isolated, and respect and praise every parent who makes that a priority. The years toward normality had of course many factors above and beyond social isolation: personality, intellectual ability and priorities, and family upheaval (My parents are no longer together). I guess you always have to remember that not every homeschool parent has the same priorities, and not every child’s experience is benefitial or hurtful in the same way.

    Please feel free to ask questions.

    Danielle Perry