Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Don't slack on homeschooling your kids

If you slack on homeschooling your kids, there could be a 5 page article in the Washington Post about you. 

 Josh Powell thrived under his mother’s instruction early on. At 4, he was already reading chapter books. Andrea Powell, a University of Virginia graduate who has managed most of her children’s education over the years, let her husband speak for the family. As the family grew, Josh Powell said, things deteriorated. He learned from a mishmash of textbooks his parents assembled, with more and more self-instruction because there were so many other children to raise and teach. As subjects got increasingly complex, he had more trouble figuring them out on his own.

Josh Powell is clearly unhappy with his upbringing/ education and is terrified for his siblings.  As mentioned at Happy Elf Homeschooling,  his parents probably didn't suck as much as he thinks. After all, he is a self starter, who was able to get himself into Georgetown University, even if it did take 3 years of community college.  But heck, I had a hard time in college, at the beginning after being an A student in high school, so who's to say that with tables turned, there wouldn't be a similar story about homeschooling.

Still, the prospect of such an event where my kids would think I'd done them a disservice by homeschooling kept me on the straight and narrow.  I taught, I tested, I found teachers who could teach things I could not, which by the way negates many of the comments attached to this article.

7/29/2013 12:00 AM EDT
I have yet to meet an individual or couple competent to home-school any child from kindergarten through high school. I doubt such a broad person exists in society at large, let alone among those parents who would deny their children professionally-done education based upon their religion....

Pompass Ass!  

I hate how some people wait in hiding for a one in a million story to come out so they can pounce all over homeschooling again, and the comments section of this story is chock full of them.  


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