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Re: “What it was really like ... in one family

This sentence jumped out at me: "Education isn't just about book knowledge; it's about learning to deal with different kinds of people in different situations, skills I think a lot of homeschooled kids are lacking." I agree that some homeschoolers are missing the boat on this one, but the majority of this thought is stereotypical. It's kind of like when people say the public schools are the pits, but we have a great public school system here in XYZ Town. Regarding the comment about the clothes, imho, it's more important to learn empathy for others, and how to interact with a variety of people in various life situations, than wearing the "right" clothes or making a certain GPA. In the long term, those are just surface issues. Those homeschool parents who are reaching into the so-called "real world" to find educational experiences for their children are producing a bumper crop of entrepeneurs and independent thinkers and while they might not fit in to the "sheeple" groups, they are doing their thing in their own way, and enriching their world while they are at it. The concept of proving that one is a success based on a GPA or a salary range is also a delusion. I have been criticized on a public forum because one of my homeschooled sons is a career-technical teacher in a public school instead of designing cars, and because another is in the contracting business, working out in the field without a college degree. He took business classes at college but became convinced that he preferred working with his hands and having the interaction with other contractors, customers, and the public to working in a cubicle somewhere, crunching numbers. There is nothing wrong with that, but everyone doesn't need a college degree to be a successful individual. Our philosophy of life (and homeschooling) was not to encourage our kids to choose their life work based on salary alone. I wanted them to be productive, happy in their field, and citizens who give back. Both of these sons (now 28 and 25)own their own homes, one is head of his village's planning commission. They both enjoy "giving back" in intangible ways, helping someone who needs help fixing their car, or helping a struggling friend repair their porch or paint their livingroom. They don't have mega-bucks to spend helping others, but they give their time and energy. They give of themselves. I'm proud of them. And, fwiw, my kids made good grades in college, too.

Posted by HomeschoolMama on 02/02/2008 at 9:47 AM

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