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    Filed at 5:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    Yay! Schools in WA are reaching out to homeschoolers. < / sarcasm >

    The reporter doesn’t know a whole lot about homeschooling.

    [H]ome-school doubters justifiably argue that most students taught strictly in the home, with no connection to schools, sacrifice opportunities for specialized courses and various activities, such as third- and fourth-year foreign languages, advanced science courses, college placement classes, horticulture classes and culinary arts. It is hard to participate in jazz band or a drama production from home.

    No it’s not. You just have to go out and find the opportunities instead of waiting to be spoon fed like in the g-schools. My kids are starting Arabic next year. I fully expect them to become fluent (way beyond what a 4th-year student in school can learn). Advanced science classes are available at community colleges all over the country. And, they’re real college classes as opposed to AP. Horticulture? That’s what backyard gardens are for. Culinary arts? What, we don’t have kitchens? The performing arts? My older daughter has been in two full-length ballets in the last 6 months, dancing with professionals from the Pennsylvania and Boston ballets. Most of the young girls who danced were homeschooled.

    We really don’t need the partnerships. We can do everything the g-schools offer, only better. How better? Ours are more real. Real college classes, planning and cooking real meals, tending a real garden (that you’ll need for the meals). Justifiable doubts? Hardly.

    3 Responses to “UNJUSTIFIABLE”

    Comment by
    April 26th, 2004
    at 6:29 pm

    Just another way for the government schools to get their grimy, little hands on my kids. No, thank you!

    Comment by
    April 27th, 2004
    at 10:49 am

    Where are you getting the Arabic language materials? I would love to learn it myself…

    Right now, prospective language studies would be American Sign Language, Latin, Japanese, French, and/or German. I’ve got materials for them all, and it’s easy to find stuff at the local Barnes & Noble on this…

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    April 27th, 2004
    at 11:06 am

    Acutally, we haven’t settled on any materials. Lydia is a native speaker, so she’s kind of picky. For introductory spoken Arabic, we really liked the Rosetta Stone program. We previewed it a while back. It makes a lot of sense. Insha’ Allah, my kids will be able to speak the language sufficently well to get along when (if) we visit the Middle East in two years.