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1-15-2008 @ 2:32PM
I have known quite a few home-schooled kids in my life, and I can think of only 2 who actually made it to and/or through college successfully...and not without a lot of struggle with the whole social experience part of it all. So I can't believe that statement about how successful these completely unstructured kids are when they get to college. (Every child psychologist will tell you that kids need a certain amount of structure in their lives relevent to their ages. Without that structure they tend to be unhappy and more disfunctional than their peers who do get said structure). The two kids I knew that went on to college successfully were both incredibly bright and motivated learners who had surpassed their school system's legal ability to promote them to the next level. One started attending college classes when she was 14. The kid enjoyed reading, science (specifically bio-chemistry), math, chess, logic games, etc. Those were her "hobbies", not skateboarding, loafing, or watching TV. All have to say to this woman is congrats on managing to justify your own addictions by somehow tying it to your childrens' education. When they're still camped on your sofa playing video games when they're 35 and 31, you'll have only yourself to blame.
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