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I'm 18 years old, and have been homeschooled my whole life. The really fascinating thing about this article is how completely and totally biased it is. You cite HSLDA information (which, I might note is extremely old) proceede to ridicule it, and fail to present any substantial numbers supporting your ridicule. So, let me provide an opposing viewpoint about homeschoolers than from what this article suggests. I have a 3.8 GPA, have been taken classes at the collegiate level for several years, and have maintained a 3.8 GPA for all college work attempted. I have volunteered over 1000 hours in high school alone. This past year I was accepted as a congressional intern with Congressman Doug Lamborn, where I served for 6 months dealing with, get this, phone calls, constituent issues, and occasionally tense office situations. For the past four years I have been extremely active in competitive speech and debate, placing in national level competitions. I've debated topics like, whether restricting civil rights for the sake of national security is justified, whether the media's right to protect confidential sources is more important than the public's right to know, whether democracy is overvalued by the United States government, and how illegal immigration policy ought to be changed. I've been accepted to a college in NYC with a significant scholarship offer, and am so sheltered that I can intelligently discuss anything which has been a recent hot topic. Oh, and I've also held down a regular job for two years in addition to all of that. Being homeschooled has not negatively affected my communication skills, and I am socialized enough that I have nearly 200 friends on facebook. It almost seems as if you are absolutely convinced that homeschooling is evil, and that being constantly with one's parents is a negative thing. I would attest to exactly the opposite. My parents have done a wonderful job teaching me to really think through an issue and make my own opinion. Contrary to all homeschool stereotypes, I actually have several opinions which are contrary to those of my parents. And although I do still hold to Christianity (aka -- "religion") it is not from a lack of analyzing the the foundations and claims of Christianity. News is good..but objective articles are really beneficial. There may be some oddities about homeschoolers, but I believe that all your article has done is reiterate several stereotypes without bringing up anything new and without fully researching the claims made. (And in case you're wondering..I listen to normal secular music and watch normal secular movies. Now tell me, has homeschooling seriously screwed up my life? I would contend not.)

Posted by alwaystaketime2live on 02/01/2008 at 11:42 PM

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