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1-15-2008 @ 2:08PM
These kids are all going to grow up to be socially inept, overweight, and virgins. My cousin is an introvert obese home-schooled male who is 23 years old and hasn't even shown a desire to get a driver's license. All he does is play video games and watch wrestling.What a crock.
1-15-2008 @ 2:15PM
@1 Maybe it's not the homeschooling but the genes.
1-15-2008 @ 2:28PM
Because i'm sure your cousin had caring and responsible parents.And maybe he did and I am wrong, but just because he was home schooled doesn't mean these children are going to end up anything like him.From the sounds of how their mother acts I suspect just the opposite.
1-15-2008 @ 3:01PM
well since we're generalizing with a wide view, why not highlight public education and it's lack of meeting the bar, or coming even close to it, when compared to the global education standard.you know public education where everyone goes and shoot everyone else up because they saw it on tv/movies/read it on a blog...
1-15-2008 @ 3:03PM
I'm 18 now, A sophomore in college, work 20+ hours a week in Network Security, and I'm an Eagle Scout. I was homeschooled my entire life, and I constantly get comments that no one can tell. Perhaps I'm an exception, but don't lump us all together :D
1-15-2008 @ 9:21PM
This kind of schooling sounds like the same kind of education as the highly successful Montessori teaching method. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method"The Montessori method is an educational method for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is applied primarily in preschool and elementary school settings, though some Montessori high schools exist.The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher (often called a "director", "directress", or "guide"). It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.""The Montessori method discourages traditional measurements of achievement (grades, tests) under the premise that it is damaging to the inner growth of children (and adults). Feedback and qualitative analysis of a child's performance does exist but is usually provided in the form of a list of skills, activities and critical points, and sometimes a narrative of the child's achievements, strengths and weaknesses, with emphasis on the improvement of those weaknesses."This pedagogical method is quite interesting and I recommend respondents at least skim over the Wikipedia article before criticizing here.
1-16-2008 @ 1:14AM
That is a typical result of an amateur education. Children must be raised by professional educators. If some parents think that they will be more professional than teachers in they neighboring school, then it their decision.I personally think that future parents should be given a complex exam to split people into groups: people not allowed to have children at all (not to corrupt the gene pool), people not allowed to raise children (ok genetically, but mentally damaged), normal people (children must go to school), advanced parents (allowed to choose to home school), genius parents (asked to homeschool other children for the good of the society).
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