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It's alwasys interesting to me that people who write about homeschooling only sensationalize the extremely religious aspects. Though I have to admit I did see a new one this time about unhealthy race dynamics in Cincinnati. This is a true statement and perhaps one that is more important to look at as it is yet another reason our public school systems are failing. But not only are they failing with "socialization" in areas like race, they are failing in areas where academics are concerned. Never do I see in any of these articles that elaborate so in the coziness of bible studies and creationism "science" at the kitchen table touch on the idea that the schools are failing the brightest students. The academically gifted student. One may dig and find all kinds of "religious" stuff to write for an article that promotes this stereotypical view of homeschooling, and that's fine. Great. Keeps the limelight off of those of us homeschooling for purely academic reasons and there are many of us these days homeschooling kids who work at college level. But the kinds of articles that primarily look at the religious aspects of homescholing these days are articles that are seriously under-researched. Some of the top Universities are recruiting homeschooled kids in spite of the viewpoints of Mr. Reich and Mr. Apple. Stanford, where Mr. Reich seems to call home, admits academically gifted kids who were homeschooled. So does MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Yale. They recruit our kids because they understand how to go after the education they want. They recruit our kids because they understand that education is an activity, not a passive retreat. Interview a typical high school kid on current events. Then interview a kid that is being homeschooled for academic reasons. I think you'll write an entirely different story.

Posted by travelnhsr on 02/01/2008 at 1:44 PM

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