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Top universities want you to homeschool
PenelopeTrunk.com ^ | April 27th, 2012 | Penelope Trunk

Posted on 12/30/2012 7:00:25 PM PST by King_Corey

It's not that top universities are telling people directly to homeschool their kids. Instead, top schools are using a selection process that gives homeschooled kids a huge advantage. Here's why:

1. Good grades are a commodity, so they don't help in the admissions process. Girls are doing so much better than boys in both standard high school courses and in standardized tests that their good grades and good scores don't get girls into good colleges. It's not enough anymore. White girls especially need a hook.

A hook is, ironically, something you are passionate about and engaged in that is outside of school. Top schools like Harvard and Stanford have always required a hook. Because when you're in a room full of smart people, smart suddenly doesn't matter—interesting is what matters.

So Harvard, for example, makes a pile of all the applicants who have the grades and the scores to get into Harvard, and then they look for what they need: A violinist, a middle-hitter, a coxswain. Then they look for what else might be interesting. A ballerina, a professional actor, a published author, and so on.

It used to be you needed a hook only for the very top two or three schools. But now white girls need a hook for all the top schools.

2. Your kid will be evaluated on the stuff that is NOT school. What this means is that top colleges are devaluing standardized tests. They don't care if you learn the national curriculum. They don't care if you can get an high score on the SAT. These achievements are commodified in the way that learning has been commodified. What really counts now is showing passion, drive, and accomplishment outside of standardized learning.

But now things start to make sense.

In general, a college degree is simply a ticket to play. It doesn't matter what school you went to, unless you go to a very top school, say, top ten. In that case, the vetting process is so tough that it's a huge endorsement to you to have the school on your resume, and there is a great network of students that will help you go through all stages of your career.

It's no coincidence that the only undergraduate degrees that really give you an edge are from the schools that require achievements that school does not provide. You get that special hook outside of school. Not in it.

3. Going to school undermines endeavors that really impress admissions officers. In fact, most of the hooks that get kids into top schoosl are driven by creativity. For example, Conrad Tao got into Columbia without any AP classes or SAT tutors. He just had his piano and a GED. But the blog Marginal Revolution has a great summary of how teachers in school suppress creativity because teachers don't like creative kids.

So the only colleges that are really worth a student's time and money are colleges that don't value time spent in school. This is one of the biggest endorsements of homechooling that I have found


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For those that still send their children to the Liberal Indoctrination Centers where they are fed things that you don't agree with...

Like hatred of your faith, Global Warming, Anti-American ideas, Socialism and communism are good, and a bundle of other bad things that are poured into your child's head for 8+ hours a day... and YOU LET THEM

After you start home schooling, you can also turn off the TV, throw out the video games, and teach them how to read a book and do things instead of the lowest common denominator education they would get at the local Socialism center.

Please don't tell me your local school is better, or you or your spouse or whatever works as teacher and they aren't like that. Also please don't tell me your brother or sister or Mom are teachers and they are different, they are one person, surrounded by tens of thousands that are the exact opposite.

The amazing thing is many people here go and do things to advance the Conservative Freedom loving Republic with their full effort, and then let their children go off to the other side to learn the opposite of everything they believe every day.

1 posted on 12/30/2012 7:00:29 PM PST by King_Corey
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To: King_Corey

hear, hear... i love the homeschool lifestyle...


2 posted on 12/30/2012 7:10:41 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: King_Corey

Excellent post!


3 posted on 12/30/2012 7:15:57 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: King_Corey

One big advantage of homeschooling is that it allows your children to develop unique skills and character traits that help them stand apart in a crowd. In government-run schools where standardized testing has become more common over the years, it’s much harder for a kid who is out at the far end of the bell curve to make the case that he’s any different than his peers.


4 posted on 12/30/2012 7:20:16 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: King_Corey

Pssst, 4 year degrees suck anyway.

My classmates, the ones that are doing the best are the ones with 2 year degrees and a SKILL.

Homeschooling fits well into that.


5 posted on 12/30/2012 7:23:40 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: King_Corey

I homeschool my kids. It is lots of fun.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 7:25:27 PM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: King_Corey

No,top colleges want people wth interests and passions. Homeschoolng can facillitate it but is no guarantee.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 7:29:50 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: King_Corey
Bookmarked.

8 posted on 12/30/2012 7:40:20 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: King_Corey

Ping for later, there are so many universities that are going after good home schooled kids, its not funny.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 7:40:42 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: Chickensoup
The want students who are “low maintenance” and without a lot of drama in their lives.

Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel.

10 posted on 12/30/2012 7:40:45 PM PST by wintertime
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To: latina4dubya
This topic of avoiding the GPA/SAT trap is also discussed in Cal Newport's How to be a High School Superstar"
11 posted on 12/30/2012 7:46:18 PM PST by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: Hop A Long Cassidy

I had no problem with my kid going to a government run school. I told my kid that I want him to be an independent thinker and not buy into groupthink. He has an active social life and the thing my wife and I did was to get him into co-op so he could work and any class he could take outside of school and get credit for we signed him up for.

My kid hasn’t taken a gym class in 4 years. He takes business classes outside of school and wherever possible volunteers his time for senior citizens and autism groups.

He wound up authoring a book on autism, playing travel sports at a high level and he is getting called by college advisors about his college apps. My kid doesn’t have great grades nor a great SAT score. He is interesting and that’s what the schools are saying to him.


12 posted on 12/30/2012 8:22:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: metmom

Of interest to homeschoolers.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 8:51:04 PM PST by wintertime
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To: King_Corey

So why, then, after a parent has home-schooled and shielded their kids from the liberal public indoctrination centers, would they then surrender them to the university liberal indoctrination factories? Even in conservative parts of the country, most have been taken over.

Hilldale college and a scattering of other colleges and universities would not undo the hard work of the parents. But other than that I’m not sure how to solve the dilemma.

I know that a sheepskin is the “ticket” to play. But sheesh.

The university liberal factories seem now to be trolling for the last sparks of brightness as evidenced by the article ....apparently, sadly, in order to either control them or snuff them out.

There must be a better way that freedom loving people can find to educate our young people.

Just food for thought...


14 posted on 12/30/2012 8:54:16 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: King_Corey

Uh oh! Some government school defender is bound to “feel” personally hurt and offended by the “implied” insult to their very existence and going running whining to the moderator demanding that the thread be pulled.

Can’t hurt sensitive “feelings around here’, you see. /s


15 posted on 12/30/2012 8:57:57 PM PST by wintertime
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To: King_Corey

I was afraid to homeschool my youngest son when he was not flourishing in the p.s. herd. It’s the best thing that happened for him and our family. But, I had to adjust my work, and pretty much dedicate my life to it as the major priority.

It is a family lifestyle and it’s peaceful, sane and good. He ripped through his studies once he reconnected to his own body and mind. He lost himself in the herd. He found himself in homeschool.

You are right about the gadgets. Not much time to waste on video games and other nonsense. I can single handedly fill up twenty five lives with things we need to do and people we need to see. He was easy.


16 posted on 12/30/2012 9:04:13 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: King_Corey; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; ..

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

17 posted on 12/30/2012 9:18:56 PM PST by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: King_Corey; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; ..

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

18 posted on 12/30/2012 9:20:03 PM PST by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: King_Corey; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

19 posted on 12/30/2012 9:20:03 PM PST by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: King_Corey

Not in Texas with it’s Top 10% rule. Top ranking high schoolers get an automatic admission.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 9:25:43 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: TEXOKIE

Consider that you would have inoculated them from the Liberal ideas BEFORE sending them off, and sometimes they will need to learn something you can’t teach. Eventually they will have to leave the nest.


21 posted on 12/30/2012 9:27:01 PM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com -- OpenCarry.org)
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To: TEXOKIE

A lot of what is encountered in public universities depends on the degree program.

My kids have gone in to the hard sciences/engineering and aside from some of the liberal arts requirements courses (history for example) they really encountered very little in the way of actively anti-Christian thinking.

They also were careful about which *learning communities* they picked to live in in the dorms and that helped a lot.

Still, there is stuff they were exposed to that they didn’t need to experience.

Commuting is the best way to avoid that if it can be done.


22 posted on 12/30/2012 9:27:09 PM PST by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: bgill

How do they handle homeschooler admissions?


23 posted on 12/30/2012 9:41:16 PM PST by wintertime
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To: King_Corey

“Eventually they will have to leave the nest.”

Good point.

But I must say I have experienced the very subtle programming and only years later, do I recognize fully what was being done. I was pretty well inoculated, but at times I had the need to rethink a bunch of the harmful stuff that was fed to me at that time.


24 posted on 12/30/2012 9:50:58 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: metmom

Commuting probably would be one of the best solutions. Cheaper too! :-D


25 posted on 12/30/2012 9:52:44 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: wintertime

They are way down the list. First are the 10%ers, then football players, then the out of $tate tuition$$$$, and by then there aren’t many slots still open. It was maybe 3 years ago, UT had so many 10%ers that their president went whining to the legistlature that he’d have to shut down Longhorn football if they didn’t change the rule. Hahahaha, as if UT would ever do away with football. Anyway, after all his whining, stomping his feet and hold his breath until he turned blue and millions upon millions of taxpayers’ dollars and valuable legislative time wasted, he got his wish. The legislature gave UT a special deal of Top 8%, never mind that it was originally UT’s fault that caused the 10% ruling to be made for all of Texas’ public universities. Up until a couple years ago, the top 10% could have just written their name on the SAT and they’d still have had to be admitted but now they have to make a half hearted attempt at a score that a community college would raise an eyebrow about.


26 posted on 12/30/2012 10:12:46 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: bgill

Which is a sane position. It’s how I got in! :) I knew all I had to do was place in the top 10 and I was golden. Of course, doing a bit better than that didn’t hurt either.

Sure, if your kid is good but not outstanding, that won’t help them too much - but what if they are in the top 1 percent? Then it’s just not going to matter what else they have on their resume.

Have you seen the pursuit of happyness? It’s like the stockbroker said - “be safe, score a hundred”.


27 posted on 12/31/2012 2:39:50 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: King_Corey
It's no coincidence that the only undergraduate degrees that really give you an edge are from the schools that require achievements that school does not provide. You get that special hook outside of school. Not in it.

The author is so very close, but still misses the point.

Top schools aren't in need of these "hooks". They're looking for a hook only as an indicator that the student is self-motivated, self-educating, independent - a doer, not a sitter. Harvard, Yale, Princeton...these schools are looking to produce the next president or senator or business tycoon or Nobel Prize winner. Grades don't matter one bit.

I recall an outstanding line from the Facebook movie: Harvard President Larry Summers says, "Harvard undergrads believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job."

The author makes the very astute observation that "the only undergraduate degrees that really give you an edge are from the schools that require achievements that school does not provide."

If you're waiting for school to prepare you for your life or your career, you don't belong in a top school. You might not know this, but they do.
28 posted on 12/31/2012 4:10:59 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Alberta's Child

The real advantage of homeschooling is not having all the wasted time. 3 months off for summer, plus all the vacation and “snow” days, then throw in the fact that only about 20 minutes of real learning goes on per class and you’re spending less than six months learning anything.

Home school is year round. If you start when your child is young you can gain a minimum of 3 years over government schooled kids. That’s the equivalent of going to college for the last three years of high school. Furthermore, the education is customized and you have bigger breakthroughs even with a child who would nominally be “average” in a government school setting.

Children in this environment have more time to explore other interests, including basic and even advanced skills. If you abandon much of the ‘science’ curriculum of the government school, system which is junk anyway, there’s no reason you couldn’t prepare a child for medical school, train them for a construction trade test like electrical or plumbing licensing, or have them matriculate with computer certificates that give a 17-18 year old an immediately useful and financially beneficial skill the moment they’re “adults”.

Government schooling is retarding. It diminishes potential. Government school teachers are a joke and a menace to a good mind.


29 posted on 12/31/2012 4:28:28 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: King_Corey
Like hatred of your faith, Global Warming, Anti-American ideas, Socialism and communism are good, and a bundle of other bad things that are poured into your child's head for 8+ hours a day... and YOU LET THEM

Not to rain on your parade, but this article is about getting into college. You think the aforementioned topics are taught any differently in colleges?

30 posted on 12/31/2012 4:38:22 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: King_Corey

This really isn’t quite true. First, it’s Asian kids who are discriminated against most harshly in college application have the toughest competition—against other Asian kids.

Second, SATs and baseline grades from top schools do matter, and rather than degrees from only the top 10 colleges having significant value, there are about 30 colleges for which that is the case. Again, major matters, and for the hard sciences and engineering the traditional environment still holds.

But, home schooling does give kids about a dozen of the best years of their lives back. It tends to foster more independent minded and acting kids who are more interesting, with more interests that they have had the time and freedom to pursue at a high level. It makes them more likely to have mastered a pre-college, if not a college, curriculum before adulthood, which is a big advantage.

These can become advantages for college admissions, and colleges would be crazy not to want them.


31 posted on 12/31/2012 4:41:34 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 1010RD

All true—very well said.


32 posted on 12/31/2012 4:46:55 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: King_Corey

We call it “amoring up”.
A mature, well grounded young adult is not as likely to fall prey to a commie professor’s attempt to shake their faith.

I have heard numerous accounts of homeschooled college students challenging the liberal assumptions that spew from the instructors’ mouths.


33 posted on 12/31/2012 4:50:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JCBreckenridge
Which is a sane position. It’s how I got in! :) I knew all I had to do was place in the top 10 and I was golden.

...what if they are in the top 1 percent? Then it’s just not going to matter what else they have on their resume.

I think you missed the entire point of the article: Top schools don't care about your grades.

I mean no offense - I made good grades in school too. And what did it get me? Distracted from those things that make for great success and prominence, that's what.

It's not that I want to be the next president or business tycoon. But that's not what this is all about. (Such accomplishments are important to Harvard, etc. because they have reputations to think about.)

No, it's about the difference between the movers and shakers on the one hand, and grade-chasers and order-takers like us on the other...the difference between those who create industries and those who work for them...the difference between those who shape the world and those who get shaped.

There's a reason Harvard wants them, not us.
34 posted on 12/31/2012 4:51:22 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: MrB
We call it “amoring up”. A mature, well grounded young adult is not as likely to fall prey to a commie professor’s attempt to shake their faith.

My kids knew what they believed and why they believed it by the time they went into college. We talked through a lot of the issues that we'd hear about and look at what Scripture had to say about it.

They had a few of the liberal commie type profs and knew how to tell them what they wanted to hear without compromising their faith or lying or even saying anything at all. It just sounded good with a few of the hottest buzzwords thrown in.

It's all a words game when writing a paper.

35 posted on 12/31/2012 5:35:39 AM PST by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: wintertime

The want students who are “low maintenance” and without a lot of drama in their lives.
Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel.
___________________________

Work a lot among homeschoolers. Not sure either one of those statements are true.


36 posted on 12/31/2012 5:36:17 AM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup
People who work with people with problems see problems. Right?

I posted this because of an interview with admissions officer from a highly ranked school. At the time his school was recruiting homeschoolers because they arrived on campus with less emotional “baggage” that that the college services had to unpack.

All this is anecdotal. I doubt studies have been done by unbiased sources.

37 posted on 12/31/2012 6:11:35 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime
Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel.

Without hard numbers or evidence to back up this statement, it is mere conjecture at best. Can you provide hard numbers or evidence?

38 posted on 12/31/2012 6:13:54 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: verga

I respectfully request that you not ping me or send private mail to me. Please feel free to comment as you like on my posts or threads, even using my name, but, please, no contact.
Politely and respectfully,

wintertime


39 posted on 12/31/2012 6:19:19 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Chickensoup; SoftballMominVA; Gabz; wintertime
wintertime's original post: The want students who are “low maintenance” and without a lot of drama in their lives. Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel.

Chickensoup's reply: Work a lot among homeschoolers. Not sure either one of those statements are true.

Chicken soup you are about to incur the wrath of wintertime. It is going to get nasty and ugly, very fast.

40 posted on 12/31/2012 6:21:45 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: King_Corey
I have news for the colleges. I'm onto you. My sole criteria for choosing a college for my kids is, How much are you charging?

My daughter wants to be an elementary school teacher. At age 18, she would make a fine teacher, or student teacher, right now. But she needs a BA or MA to teach. Hence the need to take courses explaining that rats don't like to be electrocuted.

She was accepted at the local state college. Tuition: $7000. Academic scholarship: $1000. She'll be commuting from home and working weekends to pay the remainder.

Would I prefer a Catholic college? Yes. Can we afford it? No. And with Great Depression II coming, there's no way she's going to leave college with debt.

Meanwhile, with 12 years of homeschooling, she's prepared to do battle with the professors, if necessary. I told her to take an F if she has to.

41 posted on 12/31/2012 6:27:22 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: donmeaker
I homeschool my kids. It is lots of fun.

One of the dirty little secrets of homeschooling ;-)

The fact is, God intended children to be raised by their parents. Kids WANT to be with their parents. When they feel secure, they don't act neurotically. They're a joy to spend time with.

42 posted on 12/31/2012 6:30:35 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: King_Corey
Another amazing thing that people here do is lump things under one umbrella.

Not all public schools are Liberal Indoctrination Centers...not all homeschooling is utopia...but you don't want to hear that!

All the wonderful kids you describe after turning the TV and video games off, are the loud, obnoxious and turned loose on the public in Shopping Centers when other kids are in Indoctrination Centers.

That is my exposure to homeschooled kids...they don't know how to behave in public any more than public school kids.

I think we have a parenting problem. Too many parents think they're undisciplined, obnoxious darlings are perfect!

I feel sorry for kids.

43 posted on 12/31/2012 6:49:12 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: wintertime

“Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel. “

Colleges want students that pay full boat tuition.

They want a certain amount of baggage - so that they can justify staffing psychologists and other bureaucracies within bureaucracies.

there are other demographics that are more important than anything else: Do you have an intact nuclear family? Did your parents go to college? Do your parents have the money to send you to college? Did you take rigorous academic courses - including post Algebra and advanced sciences?

Homeschooling self-selects for some of these traits, but by no means claims exclusivity for them.

Self-selecting statistics makes some folks (like you) claim that the mere act of homeschooling makes an individual kid smarter. It does not.

I wholeheartedly support homeschooling. Not just for smart kids that will do well in *any* academic environment, but especially for average kids who may get lost in the mix with a much larger demographic pool.

But it’s important to underscore that homeschooling, in and of itself, does not mean an individual kid is going to do better in a college or university environment. If you claim this, and you usually do, then you do not understand the difference between an individual and a statistical pool of kids.


44 posted on 12/31/2012 6:49:21 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: lonestar; verga
I think we have a parenting problem. Too many parents think they're undisciplined, obnoxious darlings are perfect!

In one sentence you nailed the problem

Nicely done

45 posted on 12/31/2012 7:20:35 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: wintertime
Colleges have learned that homeschoolers are more likely to have psychologically healthy living habits and are less of a drain on school personnel.

Can you provide hard numbers or evidence?

46 posted on 12/31/2012 7:23:48 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

Thank you for my morning chuckle!


47 posted on 12/31/2012 7:26:41 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

oh you.... :)


48 posted on 12/31/2012 7:33:57 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: lonestar

Another amazing thing that people here do is lump things under one umbrella.
Not all public schools are Liberal Indoctrination Centers...not all homeschooling is utopia...


True. But, under the current system of public education I don’t have any say in the education of my children. I do not have any voice concerning the curriculum, the other children that my children are forced to associate with, or even the teacher(s) that are assigned to teach my children. But I am required to pay property taxes to support the system.

For me, the main issue is having the FREEDOM to choose the path that I want to provide for my children. Sure, there is a lot of bad parenting out there. And many people might object to the choices that I personally make in raising and educating my children. But does that mean that I shouldn’t have the fundamental right to use my funds the best way that I see fit to raise my own children?


49 posted on 12/31/2012 7:59:00 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: King_Corey
The author is slightly off. White women have no problem getting into top schools provided they go for STEM (science, math, engineering) majors. They are still the largest number of affirmative action admittances because of those fields. However most women don't excel at those fields and try for the liberal arts. Unfortunately, the SATs have been dumbed down to emphasize verbal skills (a typical female strength) at the expense of logic and math (a typical male strength) which makes for a large pool of females with high SAT scores. That and easy grades make SAT scores and grades less valuable. Grades are really worthless. One College Board study found that about 50% of their test takers had a 3.5 or above GPA.

So the women the author is talking about is the average woman looking for liberal arts degrees at top schools. Interesting to know that homeschooling makes an average woman stand out in a crowd.

50 posted on 12/31/2012 8:18:30 AM PST by Varda
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