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18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children
Children's MD ^ | March 25, 2013 | Kathleen Berchelmann

Posted on 03/28/2013 8:11:32 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children. I never dreamed we would become homeschoolers. I wanted my kids integrated and socialized. I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world. I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world. But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring. Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals. These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected. The face of homeschooling is changing. We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills. ... For a year I was afraid to tell any of my work colleagues that we were homeschooling. People would stereotype me as a right-wing kook.

(Excerpt) Read more at childrensmd.org ...


TOPICS: Education; Health/Medicine; Religion
KEYWORDS: children; doctors; education; frhf; home; homeschool; homeschooling; lawyers; school
Interesting article. Comments are even more interesting. She has some insulting rhetoric for people of faith and conservatives.
1 posted on 03/28/2013 8:11:32 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: metmom; JenB

Thought you might like to ping this out.


2 posted on 03/28/2013 8:12:12 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

To send a child to pub*ic school is akin to forcing them to star into an unflushed toilet each school day.

Remember, liberals are slime.

Pure slime.

Unadulterated slime.


3 posted on 03/28/2013 8:16:48 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring. Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals.

That’s a bit of a stretch isn’t it?

4 posted on 03/28/2013 8:17:29 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
We are not all religious extremists...

That's rather insulting rhetoric right there, and I haven't gotten past the excerpt yet.

5 posted on 03/28/2013 8:26:52 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Pontiac
That’s a bit of a stretch isn’t it?

I just love the way christian charity oozes from every pore of your body /sarc

6 posted on 03/28/2013 8:28:20 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; ...

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. Metmom holds both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail Metmom to let her know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

I'm an engineer. So's my husband. We've always been shocked to meet other engineers whose grown children are studying such high powered subjects as sports management and Ethiopian tone-poems. These are smart kids, but the public schools taught them to be lazy, unmotivated, stupid.

7 posted on 03/28/2013 8:31:25 AM PDT by JenB
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To: verga

Well, what would you call an administrator who refuses to administrate? I think “professional” is about the only non-insulting term you could find.


8 posted on 03/28/2013 8:34:45 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: verga

Well I try to treat each individual with every bit of respect that they deserve ;)


9 posted on 03/28/2013 8:35:00 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: JenB

This author’s disrespectful insults aside, if I had children(and I don’t, and likely never will) I would definitely give homeschooling some serious consideration.


10 posted on 03/28/2013 8:43:39 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Listening to Glenn Beck and his discussion of the Common Core curriculum, there will be no hiding from government control of education even by those who home school. It’s a very scary thing.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 8:44:58 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected.

"Long skirts"? So now women who dress with modesty and decorum are a red warning flag?
12 posted on 03/28/2013 8:50:20 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

#19 - they’re wives don’t have to work


13 posted on 03/28/2013 8:54:25 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
The author is a typical elitist snob and it was the “change” in home schooling that made it acceptable. Obviously, home schooling before the “change” was reserved for an undesirable class of people, certainly not for people of her caliber. One of the comments to the article hit this squarely and expressed concern for such fair-weather support.

Nonetheless, the list she gives is valid. I home schooled my stepson and urge everyone to get your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews out of the public indoctrination centers.

14 posted on 03/28/2013 8:59:42 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: darkangel82

Yup, she’s a snob and obviously bought into stereotypes that were outdated when I was homeschooled. But that’s the power of homeschooling - even people who desperately want to convince themselves it’s just for kooks see that it’s the best option out there for educating your kid.

I think you’re going to see a lot more women like the blogger here, and myself, who are engaged professional women finding ways to homeschool their kids at the same time. (No disrespect to the full time homeschool moms out there! I just think it’s going to be the next field of expansion.)


15 posted on 03/28/2013 9:06:00 AM PDT by JenB
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To: LearsFool

Yes. If you’re not running around in yoga pants over a thong, look out.


16 posted on 03/28/2013 9:08:04 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: stuartcr
#19 - they’re wives don’t have to work

My husband is an accountant. According to him, most families with both parents working actually PAY to work. They LOSE money.
Take away the day care costs, the extra clothes, lunches, cars, etc., and the family would have twice as much extra cash. Add in the fact that their tax bracket would change, and their tax burden would go way down.
The belief that two people have to work to get by is a fallacy. All it does is bring in more money for the politicians to buy votes, and the liberal teachers union gets control over the minds of their children.
Check your budget, remove all working expenses from one spouse, change the tax bracket, and you'll see how millions of moms have been deceived. They're getting royally screwed. They're now working two jobs - employee and mother - and getting nothing in return. In fact, they're getting robbed of their money and their children!

17 posted on 03/28/2013 9:09:23 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: ConjunctionJunction
We are not all religious extremists...

That's rather insulting rhetoric right there, and I haven't gotten past the excerpt yet.

Why do you say that??

18 posted on 03/28/2013 9:10:02 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: concerned about politics

I guess the ones I know are different.


19 posted on 03/28/2013 9:13:44 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr
I guess the ones I know are different.

Most of the time, the middle or lower income workers are the ones getting screwed. He explained this to one of his secretaries, went over her budget for her, and she quit her job. Now that she stays home, she has almost twice as much expendable cash and gets to raise her own children.
To this day, whenever she comes across my husband picking up milk at the store, she tanks him over and over again.
Higher income workers may not save as much because they're taxed into oblivion anyway.

20 posted on 03/28/2013 9:46:42 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Pontiac
Well I try to treat each individual with every bit of respect that they deserve ;)

And you know each and every public education employee in the country?

21 posted on 03/28/2013 9:48:36 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: AngieGal

ping


22 posted on 03/28/2013 9:49:52 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: concerned about politics

Good for her, too bad that’s not the situation for everyone.


23 posted on 03/28/2013 9:51:26 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: trubolotta

That was actually my comment. I have made three to the article.


24 posted on 03/28/2013 10:04:16 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: JenB

Our course homeschoolers welcome any person that wants to homeschool. My problem with the article is that she is very derogatory to the people that she had stereotyped as homeschoolers. Those religious “extremists” as she called them were the ones that fought the battle to make homeschooling legal. If it weren’t for their ‘crazy’ religious convictions, homeschooling wouldn’t be an option for her. I doubt people who are homeschooling for the reasons that she outlines, would have had the courage of their convictions to face persecution and incarceration.
I am glad that homeschooling is mainstream now and I am glad that she has that freedom. I just don’t want to see people derided and insulted because they are different from other homeschoolers.


25 posted on 03/28/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I just find it a little simplistic that we even are supposed to need a “reason” to homeschool. Like we have to justify our choice!

Good for you for calling her on her arrogance.


26 posted on 03/28/2013 10:20:40 AM PDT by JenB
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To: ExCTCitizen

Because ‘extremist’ has a negative connotation to it. If she had said something like ‘not all parents homeschool because of religious convictions’ that would not have been derogatory. Instead she used words like ‘right wing kook’, ‘religious extremists’ and ‘nerds with no social skills’. The entire tone of her article insulted these people as beneath her and her evolved ‘face’ of homeschooling. Doctors and lawyers homeschool now, doncha know? Yeah doctors and lawyers do now and always have. Some of those doctors and lawyers homeschool because of *gasp* religious convictions. The religious convictions of a lot of homeschoolers are the reason that homeschool is now legal for her to jump on the bandwagon. I am glad I was able to jump on the bandwagon and didn’t have my convictions put to the test with incarceration and having my children removed from my home. I certainly wouldn’t deride the conviction of people that blazed the trail for me!


27 posted on 03/28/2013 10:20:50 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: JenB

We all have our reason but we shouldn’t have to use them to justify our decision. We should all just agree to answer people who question us with ‘because I can’. :)


28 posted on 03/28/2013 10:24:41 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
Aah, I hadn't noticed that. Excuse my inattention. Your comments were extraordinarily good!
29 posted on 03/28/2013 11:03:23 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: LearsFool
"Long skirts"? So now women who dress with modesty and decorum are a red warning flag?

Heck, or even in fashion. Long skirts are actually "in" right now. If you want to invoke the stereotype, "Denim Jumpers" is the term of choice.
30 posted on 03/28/2013 11:07:01 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Hello. My first post since being removed some time ago.

Anyway, I know you, and your family. And I am grateful for the Christian faith, and faith IN ACTION, that you live.

It may be that some readers do not understand that your comments (which may appear to some who are reading hastily to denigrate the people and principles you speak of), have been mentioned or cited by you NOT to denigrate, but rather to express how we of similar faith and action as yours are often portrayed, talked about, and frequently dismissed.

Again, thank you for your public positions, expressions, and faithful actions!


31 posted on 03/28/2013 11:31:10 AM PDT by MOman1946
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To: trubolotta

There was no way for you to know that. I used my first name in the comments section. Thank you though. A lot of people are defending her comments saying that she had preconceived notions and found out they weren’t true. However, there are stereotypes for a reason. The reason is that some people do wear long skirts and homeschool for religious reasons. She called those people ‘extremists’ ‘kooks and ‘nerds’. And people are missing the point.


32 posted on 03/28/2013 11:32:03 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: ExCTCitizen
We are not all religious extremists... That's rather insulting rhetoric right there, and I haven't gotten past the excerpt yet. Why do you say that??

I say that because the implication is that people who homeschool are religious extremists (except for the author, of course). Maybe that was not the author's intent, but that's how it came across to me.

33 posted on 03/28/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: MOman1946

Thank you for your kind words. No one that I know have has thought that my comments were denigrating to anyone though. However, my comments are quite passionate. I guess I am just an extremist. :) Blessings!


34 posted on 03/28/2013 11:38:40 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Ok... i was wondering what you mean...we homeschool, and we go to church, but us as religious is funny. (Sometimes we just stay in bed on Sundays...)


35 posted on 03/28/2013 11:41:41 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

You mean you’re not religious extremists? Just kidding! ;-) I think homeschooling is great, and families choose to do it for a variety of reasons. I think this article is poorly written.


36 posted on 03/28/2013 11:45:37 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: JenB
I'm an engineer too and my experience was similar. Unfortunately, it was my three children. Two scraped through but the third was ruined. I had tried to work “inside the system” and served on the school board. It was a short term with the teachers union openly opposing me, even in the classroom under the guise of free speech and social studies.

When school board members vote to approve the curriculum without ever having read it, you know you have an uphill battle. That was just one of so many problems those people just refused to tackle. I suppose if I had not been reelected I would have quit in disgust sooner or later. The unions and politicians own the schools.

I did home school my stepson. It was a bit trying since he is from Brasil and English was not his native language. We started at grade 6. I'm pleased he did remarkably well, is now a citizen and a decent and thinking person.

37 posted on 03/28/2013 11:58:58 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Hello. Sorry: 1) I cannot reply to your Private Msg, as I am “too new” to have the privilege, and 2) I fouled up. I know the author of the article, and became confused.

She, and her family, are superb individuals!

As for the confusion, again, my apologies.


38 posted on 03/28/2013 1:12:17 PM PDT by MOman1946
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
Interesting article. Comments are even more interesting. She has some insulting rhetoric for people of faith and conservatives.

She did, indeed; but what do you expect for someone who went to public school, and has been indoctrinated her whole life into statism ?

At least she took the first step toward mental freedom by attending the group meeting, and then, even more so by homeschooling herself. That made her so nervous, and was so challenging to her embedded public school learned group-think, that she had to re-affirm her solidarity by throwing a few insults at the "Other". It would be too scary otherwise.

She's on the right track, though you were right to point out her insulting words, and maybe a few years of homeschooling will bring her the rest of the way around to clearer thinking. At least her kids have a chance now.

39 posted on 03/28/2013 1:50:49 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Stereotypes die hard.

I’ve met a few long, denim skirt and sneakers kind of homeschoolers, but even back 15 years ago, there were plenty of professionals homeschooling their kids, college professors included.

Most of the parents had college degrees, and this in backwater Central NY. It was the parents without the education who weren’t homeschooling for the most part.


40 posted on 03/28/2013 3:13:17 PM PDT 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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