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    Filed at 6:59 am under by dcobranchi

    OK, it’s an Op/Ed. Sue me.

    About 13 years ago, our son and his wife informed us that they were going to home school their children. Even though we were aware that our daughter-in-law, Kim, who has a master’s degree in special education from Clemson University, was well qualified to teach their children, Billie and I were disappointed in their plans. However, seeing how well these three grands have done, we are happy about the situation.

    There’s more, of course. Just a couple of quick comments– Mr. Chewning sounds like a nice man, and SC still has crappy home education laws. That SCAIHS pseudo-monopoly is nearly as bad as the g-school’s. What right (other than the State’s might) do they have telling other home educators how to do it “properly”? And in case you’re wondering, this pseudo-monopoly is not secular. Another flavor of home educrats.

    2 Responses to ““LETTER” OF THE DAY”

    Comment by
    Chad Boudreau
    May 31st, 2005
    at 1:28 pm

    I would simply like to say that unschooling is bad. I unschooled (though admitedly, only through the last 2.66 years of highschool. Before that I went to public school), so why do I say it’s bad?
    I cannot hold a conversation with anybody in my age group. I am too well informed.
    I’m sure this applies to all homeschoolers, but I can only speak from my personal experience. Homeschooling is bad. It produces people that, simply, know too much.

    I am in the navy, and in a place that holds some of the most intelligent people in the armed forces. However, the great majority of them went to public school. Me and my friends have a lot of fun pointing out the people that homeschooled. How do we tell? We look for blank looks around them, at which point we invite the homeschoolers over. I CAN talk to college graduates, so there is some hope for me…

    How DARE you educate your children above and beyond the normal mediocrity of society? You should be ashamed of yourselves for loosing your kids upon a world which, due to higher education, cannot understand them!

    (this was a joke. Sadly, it also highlights a serious problem for homeschoolers.)

    Comment by
    Chad Boudreau
    June 1st, 2005
    at 12:33 pm

    I feel that I might need to clarify. I do not say that homeschoolers have difficulty socializing with their peers who went to public school, I only wanted to mention the difficulty that homeschoolers seem to have in holding a coherent conversation with those unfortunate souls (the ones from public school.)
    However, given that you are mostly people who homeschool their children, I’m sure you understood the distinction without me saying it…but I had to be sure.

    Also, through this distinction, I have finally figured out why homeschooling is bad for socialization (by the ways, I really, really hope this is satirical; if it’s true, then I’m going to be upset.)

    Conversation is, naturally, not the only form of socialization. I’m sure we can all agree on this, as you only need to see a group of boys around eachother for a few moments before this becomes self apparent. There are physical aspects to socialization as well. Friendly banter, both verbal and physical, seem to be a method inherent of socialization between friends. This is why public school is the ideal place for socialization, while homeschooling is not.

    Given that there is a physical bantering associated with socialization, I believe that behavior, which would commonly be percieved as bullying, could infact be classified as an inherent method of socialization.

    Many of these situations, which occur readily in public schools, do not, I think, occur within the homeschooling environment. Therefore, this is conclusive evidence that your children are in a social environment.

    ok, I’m getting bored with this, but how did you like my logical progression to say that your kids cannot be true social creatures because they don’t get wedgies, and don’t get hit regurally? That form of progression looks familiar, doesn’t it?

    Ya’know, Daryl, I am having a lot of fun making random comments on your site at work. Helps me use up a lot of time, so thanks =)