What a warped and narrow view of home schooling. From this article you would think that the entire motivation for the American home schooling movement is to teach children creationism and hide them from evolutionary biology. We home school our kids and know dozens of families who do the same. I don't know a single one of those families whose primary motivation to home school was creationism. I know a lot of them who wanted their kids to learn to read before 4th grade, and a lot of them who wanted their kids to learn American History from a viewpoint that America is not the greatest force for evil in the world. You can make the argument that home schooling is strongly driven by the desire of parents to have their kids get a Christian education, but creationism is only a small part of that and then only for some families. My kids know God created the world. They also know the chemistry of DNA and current theories of matter energy. I think these folks at the "New Scientist" magazine are in for a big shock in 15 to 20 years when the big brain jobs s at the JPL and the Salk Institute, etc are dominated by home schooled kids.
posted on 12/04/2006 9:00:49 AM PST
"From this article you would think that the entire motivation for the American home schooling movement is to teach children creationism and hide them from evolutionary biology."
The guy that wrote the article believes there is no more important issue out there today than the Creation-Evolution debate. To those people it trumps all other things in life and they think that everyone sees it that way.
I think these folks at the "New Scientist" magazine are in for a big shock in 15 to 20 years when the big brain jobs s at the JPL and the Salk Institute, etc are dominated by home schooled kids.
The liberal atheists will be shocked when, as you say, the "big brain jobs" are dominated by formerly homeschooled adults.
My religiously observant adult children were homeschooled. They are NORMALLY bright children and not any smarter than the children of the posters on this board. This is what homeschooling accomplished.
All were admitted to college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13. All finished ALL levels of college calculus ( Calc III) by the age of 15 and all their general college courses. The 2 younger graduated from our flagship state university with B.S. degrees in mathematics at the age of 18. The older of the two recently graduated at age 20 with a masters degree in math. ( Plenty of science in these programs.)
The oldest of the 3 would have liked to study math, but is a nationally and internationally ranked athlete. He chose to major in accounting at the age of 15. It suited his heavy training and travel schedule. At 19, just shy of completing his accounting degree, he chose to serve church members in the Baltic States for 2 years. He returned home last year completely fluent in Russian. He is now training and traveling again and completing the last courses for his accounting degree.
All play a musical instrument. All sing in their church and school choruses and choirs. All have studied ballet, modern, and jazz dancing for many years. All are accomplished ballroom dancers. They are active in their church and are active community volunteers through their church.
posted on 12/06/2006 4:22:46 PM PST
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