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    Filed at 6:09 am under by dcobranchi

    This one is really strange. I think the reporter was attempting to write a positive piece on a home educating family. In the process, though, she included every possible “S”-word stereotype.

    “We do not specifically get them involved in a social setting so they can meet other kids,” she said. “We really don’t think children have a good influence on one another.”

    …They are friends with one another, but they don’t have many outside their family, the children said.

    “I haven’t had much experience with being friends with other girls my age,” Donna said. “I don’t know how to act when I’m around other girls because I usually play with my brothers.”

    …Her older brother, David, seemed a lot like his sister, but slightly more outgoing. He said he doesn’t regret being more isolated from his peers, in part because he’s an introvert.

    He’s made a few friends at college, but he said he doesn’t know too many people. He knows how to interact in a group, but he’d much rather have a conversation with one or two people, he said.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    As an aside, I feel like I’m slipping here. I’m usually pretty good at remembering what I’ve read and blogged over the past three years. This article seems extremely familiar, but I can’t find it in the archives. Must be that 43-year-old brain slipping a gear.

    2 Responses to “LOCK ‘EM UP”

    Comment by
    May 17th, 2005
    at 9:52 am

    Or could it be that the “personal angle human interest” HEK story is so overworked that they are all starting to seem the same. Like the ‘kitchen table’ shot, the prose all comes from a preconceived notion of what Home Education is all about that doesn’t reflect the reality and diversity.

    Comment by
    May 17th, 2005
    at 12:21 pm

    My high school had around 1500 kids and I hung out with around with ever changing groups of 3 or 4 people at any one time. There were only 3 people whose homes I visited on a regular basis and that pretty much filled my free time outside school. That equates to 1 friend per 500 contacts.

    I have found these same numbers pretty typical of kids who attend large high schools that I have met. (The normal kids, not the queen bee)

    If a homeschoolers meets only 30 kids and has one friend, statistically speaking, It appears homeschoolers do better with the lower number of access to other kids.

    Even though they meet much fewer people; they seem to have more in common with those they meet, especially if they are other homeschoolers or underage college kids.