Skip to comments.How to Be a Beekeeper (ESPN.com takes swipe at homeschooled Spelling Bee contestants)
Posted on 06/02/2005 12:55:33 AM PDT by baseballfanjm
ESPN.com ran this article, intending for it to be an amusing take on how to predict the winner of the National Spelling Bee. However, the last "formula" irked me.
Here's what it says:
"Stay away from home-schooled kids.
It goes without saying that these kids don't get out of the house much. There are 34 home-schooled competitors in this year's bee, including speller No. 142 Jack Ausick and speller No. 217 Benjamin Zachary Walter. The first home schooler won in 1997 and others followed, including Lala in '99 and Thampy in 2000. But kids that actually interact with other children at school have won three out of the last four bees."
While he has other "stay away from" picks that fit the joking manner of the article, that one struck me as just lame and as a swipe more than a joke.
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cause homeschoolers have values, expect their children to learn, and are generally conservative (with the exception of the northern californian homeschoolers who are just hippies in communes)
The moron who wrote that didn't bother to think about how vastly outnumbered homeschooled kids are in the United States. Yet, they are there at the end of Spelling Bees, competing for the title. And if school children -- whom I haven't a thing against, as a former one myself -- have won three out of the last four bees, they are just catching up with the homeschooled kids, who won three out of four 1997-2000.
Whoever wrote this has "issues."
I hate to burst your bubble, but perhaps you haven't noticed...
(/whisper)...there are social misfits at public schools too. They are called "nerds", "dorks" or even "geeks". And ther are MILLIONS of them!(/whisper OFF)
Perhaps you were just too sheltered to notice the public school misfits - just like you might have been to sheltered to notice the well socialized homeschoolers that roam the halls all around you? It's not really something to rag on you about - after all, it's easy to tag "misfits" but it's much harder to notice the well-adjusted peoples of the world. It's just more obvious when a person "doesn't fit in"...
If percentages are what you're going on, then I'm willing to bet hard cash that there are millions more public school "misfits" then there are homeschool "misfits". Having taught in public schools and with homeschoolers, I can tell you from experience - misfits and "unsocialized" public school students exist in FAR greater numbers and percentages than do homeschoolers.
My daughter is a proud graduate of a public "magnet" school, and my son is homeschooled, so I have both sides of the fence to play here!
As I stated I am not a fan of public schools. But, in my choice of the lesser of the evils(public or home) I choose public. I can show values at home and from church. I agree that you should teach at every chance at home but children need the social interaction with others of different faiths and different backgrounds.
What does that mean, exactly? That they don't hold their tongue when situations call for political correctness? That they don't hang out and drink after work the way other kids their age did after school? That they have trouble putting on a condom because of their lack of cucumber experience?
I don't like our public school system(especially in UT where we rank last or next to last in the nation on public spending) but to shelter you (sic) child from a social experience is just abuse
Here's a news flash: spending more on schools won't necessarily improve results. I notice that you didn't say anything about Utah's test scores or graduation rates, you just referred to state money sunk into the system.
Washington DC spends over $10,000 per child per year, but they rank pretty close to the bottom in acheivement. For that kind of money, you could rent a pretty good room and hire a teacher for $100,000 per year and have a 1:15 student:teacher ratio. I wonder where the money goes.
I don't know which homeschooled kids you're talking about, but my neighbor homeschools her two kids and they are about as normal and well-mannered as any kids you'd ever want to meet. These two kids each have many friends, both participate in organized sports leagues, both love to hang out at the mall, and do all the other typical activities that kids their age like to do. My neighbor's two kids are having a wonderful social experience and are enjoying life to the fullest.
Interact? Is that what they are calling it these days?
Our local paper publishes the police dispatch of which over 50% are to public schools. Why? Obviously to address the need for students to achieve even greater levels of interaction. Who knows, one day they may even get to interact with a lawyer and a judge!
It has to with the kids upbringing. My 5 year old son has a friend who's mother is home schooling him, they went to pre-school together. She sets up play dates with a bunch of kids he knows from pre-school and in her neighborhood, here in NorCal, every week. Oh by the way, she's not a hippie and she doesn't live in a commune.
Why do children have to be exposed to the evils of this world? If your child is not an adult, then what personal experience do you have to draw on.
My guess is that your experience with home schoolers is very limited.
If a child has a good solid foundation they will be able to function just fine in this world.
I too have always believed that a full immersion into all different kinds of cultures is important, and I have always taught respect for cultural differences in my homeschool classrooms and public school classrooms. My longing for a rich cultural and educational environment is drove my choice to homeschool my son - because I knew from first-hand experience that he was going to get a very narrow educational viewpoint at his local public school.
I find it abhorrent that many teachers now only have permission to "teach the test" - it leaves no room for deeper learning, especially when it comes to the tapestry of cultural experiences that can be found outside the classroom.
Homeschoolers are a very diverse bunch, and they are not all just about "social isolation". Dig a little deeper - I think you might be surprised by what you find!
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