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Educating Our Children: The Evolution of Home Schooling
Fox News ^ | February 09, 2011

Posted on 02/09/2011 9:07:21 AM PST by Sopater

Anne Gebhardt’s kids are learning about geography -- in her dining room in Bedford, Texas. It’s not your typical schoolhouse, but it’s one that Gebhardt says is serving her six children well. "We can teach our religious values to our children freely,” says Gebhardt. “We can teach anything that we want."

Gebhardt is part of a growing trend. Across the county, an estimated 1.5 million children are home schooled and that number's growing. In the span of eight years, home schooling has grown nationally by almost 75 percent.

The reasons parents choose to home school vary. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 36 percent of home schooled children stay at home for religious reasons.

Twenty one percent don't like the environment in traditional schools. Another 17 percent are home schooled because their parents are dissatisfied with the academic instruction that’s available to them in traditional schools.

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6 percent of home schooled children stay at home for religious reasons.

Twenty one percent don't like the environment in traditional schools. Another 17 percent are home schooled because their parents are dissatisfied with the academic instruction that’s available to them in traditional schools.

Or "D", All the above.

1 posted on 02/09/2011 9:07:26 AM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater

bttt


2 posted on 02/09/2011 9:09:42 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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To: Sopater

Gotta bump this DVD here, as well, as it is entirely apropos:

http://agendadocumentary.com

The left has an agenda. One of the primary action items is to homeschool or Christian school.


3 posted on 02/09/2011 9:12:35 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: MrB

I read that and it didn’t sound right -

action item to COUNTER the left’s agenda!


4 posted on 02/09/2011 9:13:57 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: Sopater

You can also take vacations whenever you like. (When the crowds are gone and costs are less.)

My husband’s business kept him from ever taking a summer vacation.

If we hadn’t homeschooled, we could never have had a family vacation together.


5 posted on 02/09/2011 9:14:00 AM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: Sopater

Given that public schools don’t teach geography anymore the only way that kids will learn that subject is at home.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 9:14:29 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: metmom

ping


7 posted on 02/09/2011 9:15:51 AM PST by tutstar
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To: Sopater

Our two daughters were home schooled. The are both grown and on their own. Both started going to a junior college at 16 before they went on to Universities after that. All in all I endorse home schooling, only if the parents are committed.

With hindsight I can see today lots of positives to home schooling. The only thing I can say we would have done different if we had the opportunity to do it all over again is we would have plugged into a local home schooling group for social activities than we did and even some far out adventures most public school kids would never have the opportunity to do.

It is not that our daughters actually missed anything in the “social” realm. Rather, it is that for years they thought they did because everyone outside the homeschooling movement told them they were.

Now that they are both older they are much more appreciative of the skills gained from home schooling for self learning and inquiry compared to their their government schooled peers, and how such skills have made them more independent and self starting.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 9:22:28 AM PST by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: MrB

I agree that the left has homeschooling in it’s sights, and would absolutely love to abolish or control it. However, I can’t imagine that they would be successful with the growth of support in this country. It just seems to me that they’d have quite a fight on their hands.... kinda like the takeover of healthcare.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 9:23:10 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: MeganC
They don't teach penmanship, spelling or times tables either.

Granddaughter taught:...Unions are good because they were result of NYC fire that killed many women.

The German wall was called....????(she forgot)

But she knew about hippies

10 posted on 02/09/2011 9:27:17 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sopater

I really messed up that post.
The Agenda documentary is about how the left/communists are attempting to destroy our country by destroying our culture and indoctrinating our kids.

The first suggestion it made at the end, in order to counter this communist trend, is to home educate or at least send kids to private Christian schools.

Indeed, the left WILL have to “deal with” homeschoolers, because those avoiding government schools will see their agenda and be of a caliber capable of resisting it.

However, when they attempt to drag kids out of their homes and force them into government indoctrination, there will be a lot of dead government agents as a result. The proverbial Blood In The Streets.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 9:29:30 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: MrB
...when they attempt to drag kids out of their homes and force them into government indoctrination, there will be a lot of dead government agents as a result.

You can bank on that.
12 posted on 02/09/2011 9:34:10 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater
An interesting study would be to determine the extent to which home schooling's improvement of the understanding of children of their nation's history has contributed to the Tea Party movement's phenomenal success.

As we know, for many decades, the government's school system certainly has not educated citizens in the founding ideas, so where did all the so-called "Tea Partiers" learn so much about the ideas of their Declaration of Independence and Constitution?

Clearly, many self-educated by using modern technology, but there was a core group of citizens who possessed enough understanding to be a catalyst for stimulating the minds of the millions who now are speaking out on behalf of their liberty.

Twenty years ago, Dr. Samuel Peavey, then Professor Emeritus of the University of Louisville's School of Education, was traveling the country testifying before State Legislatures on the merits of the home school movement. A Google search of Dr. Peavey's testimony in the late 1980's and early 1990's will reveal his enthusiasm for the achievements of home schoolers, and the learning performance of children they were educating.

Although Peavey had spent his life teaching teachers for positions in public education, he testified to that system's failure to properly improve the learning performance of children and stated that home schooling was "the brightest spot" in education at that time.

Fox's report is interesting, but the achievements of home schooling have been impacting this nation for at least a couple of decades now, and the political climate may just now be returning to that which the Founders intended in the beginning--"an enlightened citizenry"--one which can recognize "approaching tyranny" and preserve liberty for future generations.

13 posted on 02/09/2011 10:09:44 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Sacajaweau

Cursive writing is not at all taught anymore. If the power goes out we’ll have a population that will be unable to write. Spelling has gone out with the asinine ‘Look-Say’ BS, and multiplication tables are hated by teachers who think that ‘theory’ is more important than an accurate answer.

It’s also true that most of my education was of my own efforts. I lived in Sacramento and had teachers who could not tell the difference between the Golden Gate Bridge or the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge, I was once told that gold was discovered at Sutter’s Fort, and etc.


14 posted on 02/09/2011 10:35:49 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: tutstar; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

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.


15 posted on 02/10/2011 7:41:30 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: loveliberty2

This is why the left will have to “do something” about homeschoolers.

It’s not just that they’re learning “dangerous ideas”,
but the caliber of scholar produced far outpaces those that government schools produce (on purpose).

One thing they might do is to “channel” gov’t school kids that show promise and have the “right” ideology into special government schools, like “leadership academies”.


16 posted on 02/10/2011 7:50:05 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: Sopater
They act like this is a brand new thing!! HA!!

We started HS'ing over 22 years ago...And there were lot's of others doing the same thing.

17 posted on 02/10/2011 8:01:59 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: MrB

Back in the days when it was illegal to teach blacks to read, there was homeschooling. It went on under the radar, and if it has to do so again, it will.


18 posted on 02/10/2011 8:06:07 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: metmom

I would note that this article cites “1.5 million” homeschoolers while a recent study put the number at over 2 million - which number is almost certainly low, as it does not count underground/quiet homeschoolers, children too young to be officially schooled, and augmented-schoolers, ie, kids who are enrolled in public schools but whose parents use homeschool techniques and curriculumn nights and weekends to fix their education.


19 posted on 02/10/2011 8:28:55 AM PST by JenB
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To: Osage Orange

I started about 12 years ago, and didn’t know anyone doing it at the time. I thought I was a radical. However, since that time I meet people all the time who homeschool and many who have even been doing it much longer than me.


20 posted on 02/10/2011 8:43:08 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

I homeschool my children because we are a family and we are meant to be together. :)


21 posted on 02/10/2011 8:44:32 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: kimoajax; Oberon

>>we would have plugged into a local home schooling group for social activities than we did and even some far out adventures most public school kids would never have the opportunity to do.<<

People are always amazed when they ask the “big” questions, “What about Socialization? What about Prom?!?”

First I quote FReeper Oberon , “My wife and I were also concerned that our children would miss out on the socialization available in the public schools...so once a week we take our kids into the bathroom, cuss at them, push them around, steal their lunch money, and offer them drugs, and that seems to take care of it.”

When I stop laughing, I point out that our Homeschool Prom has always been on the Detroit Princess Cruise ship. AND it’s only 75.00 a couple.

I top it off with the fact that we have done Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, Niagara Falls and Cedar Point when all the other kids were in school. We never waiting in a line.

That’s when they blush and look away, telling me how great their PS is because their kids do Lego Robotics. I tell them that my girls can’t fit another club into their social schedules after Polish Dance, Tween meetups, HS lasertag, Euchre tournaments, Latin class, Writing class, quilt club and aerobics. We have Saturdays off.

Heads explode.


22 posted on 02/10/2011 8:45:18 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
Absolutely. And ultimately, we as parents are solely responsible for the education of our children and will one day answer for our decisions.
23 posted on 02/10/2011 8:46:34 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Oberon

I didn’t even know you were on this thread!
I just quoted you!


24 posted on 02/10/2011 8:47:11 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Sopater

So true! I love your tag line. We sing a song based on that scripture. Very beautiful. I could hear the tune in my head when I read your tagline.


25 posted on 02/10/2011 8:51:49 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

It always amazes me when some mother is thrilled to pieces to have their children “back in school” after the summer.

Why have kids if you’re not going to enjoy them?


26 posted on 02/10/2011 8:57:21 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: netmilsmom
I appreciate that. I'm on the homeschool ping list, so you'll likely see me on these threads from time to time.

Eldest daughter just started taking pre-calculus at the community college. She's 17, and doing well at it so far.

27 posted on 02/10/2011 9:04:01 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon

I’m sure she will shine!


28 posted on 02/10/2011 9:13:21 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Sopater
Good for you!!

One of the best things I ever did for my kids.

Hang in there!!

29 posted on 02/10/2011 9:14:44 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: MrB; DManA; CynicalBear; M. Espinola; topcat54; ShadowAce; jy8z; The Theophilus; Dr. Eckleburg
One thing they might do is to “channel” gov’t school kids that show promise and have the “right” ideology into special government schools, like “leadership academies”.

Way back when compulsory education was first instituted, and weeping children were frog-marched away from their families at bayonet point, the ever-efficient Prussians knew what they wanted.

The future of America depends on who wins the race for the top: the personally-trained lambs of the Lord's flock, or the janissaries[1] of The State. God is blessing our side, not theirs -- and the future of America is bright.


[1] The Ottoman Empire was run by slaves. Once a year, during the devrişme, each peasant village would hand over its quota of boys. Like Daniel, these lads would be incorporated into the Ottoman bureaucracy, highly trained, and used as the administrators and enforcers. These "new troops" (yeni çeri -- the term anglicized Janissary) were the first European soldiers to have a uniform, and military bands. Ceddin Dedan is a stirring marching tune from a few centuries ago that subject villages REALLY didn't want to hear coming in their direction! From time to time, the professional and ruthless troops marching in to inflict imperial punishment and discipline upon restive provinces were staffed with familiar faces, men who had been given over to the New Troops as boys.

Parent who support public schools are cooperating with the enemies of Christ in a project to exterminate Christianity. Unlike those Balkan villagers, they aren't even forced to do so, just hookwinked and beguiled to do so voluntarily -- "but OUR public school is DIFFERENT, you see."

30 posted on 02/10/2011 9:47:08 AM PST by RJR_fan (The press corpse is going through the final stages of Hopium withdrawal. That leg tingle is urine.)
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To: Osage Orange
One of the best things I ever did for my kids.

I would go so far as to say it was the best one thing I ever did for my kids. We are resolved to never do otherwise and have already told the kids that we will help them resolve to do the same for theirs. :)
31 posted on 02/10/2011 9:58:47 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater
I would go so far as to say it was the best one thing I ever did for my kids.

Up to this point...I'd agree.

But I might do something better in the future!! : )

32 posted on 02/10/2011 10:14:44 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange
...I might do something better in the future!! : )

I hope that we both do!
33 posted on 02/10/2011 10:17:19 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: netmilsmom
...when all the other kids were in school. We never waiting in a line.

Same here! We're currently planning a trip to an amusement park... during school hours of course!
34 posted on 02/10/2011 10:21:18 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

We walked right onto “The Maid of the Mist”.
The longest wait we had in “Islands of Adventure” was 30 minutes for the newest ride, biggest attraction.


35 posted on 02/10/2011 10:39:31 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: RJR_fan; DManA; CynicalBear; M. Espinola; topcat54; ShadowAce; jy8z; The Theophilus; ...
'scuse me while I steal your ping list there, RJR...

Your post is an indicator that you would like to and need to see (but I wouldn't say "enjoy", because it's not "enjoyable" at all). This documentary wraps up all the stuff you know, shows how it relates, and what the agenda is. The goal is communism. The primary vehicle to get there is through the destruction of the family.

Agenda: Grinding America Down

36 posted on 02/10/2011 10:58:56 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: netmilsmom
We walked right onto “The Maid of the Mist”. The longest wait we had in “Islands of Adventure” was 30 minutes for the newest ride, biggest attraction.

Indisputable proof that homeschoolers are smarter than the general populous. :-)
37 posted on 02/10/2011 11:01:47 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: netmilsmom

As to homeschool prom - my husband and I met on a thread on FR about just such a thing. And no, neither of us went to any kind of prom, homeschool or other, and.... can’t say I see why it’s such a big deal.


38 posted on 02/10/2011 11:02:18 AM PST by JenB
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To: JenB

I knew you met here, I didn’t know it was a Prom thread!

I went to PS and skipped prom anyway.


39 posted on 02/10/2011 11:26:21 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: netmilsmom

Yeah it was a thread about homeschoolers throwing a prom. Which is funny now!

My parents went to their prom together and married the next fall. Most people these days don’t do that. Heck most people in their day didn’t. Which means most people go to prom with someone who will at best be a good memory, at worst a heartbreak or absent co-parent. Why exactly should we homeschoolers be nostalgic for that?

If my daughter wants to go to a prom in 16 years.... she can go to an online one!


40 posted on 02/10/2011 11:29:16 AM PST by JenB
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To: MrB
One thing they might do is to “channel” gov’t school kids that show promise and have the “right” ideology into special government schools, like “leadership academies”.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The Marxists have this now. Do a Google search on the words: governor summer camp.

You will see that many states have a summer program for the gifted. They are, in essence, liberal/Marxist indoctrination camps. Doesn't it just warm you heart that your tax dollars get to pay for the destruction of our nation?

41 posted on 02/10/2011 11:53:44 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Have you ordered and watched the Agenda Documentary yet?


42 posted on 02/10/2011 11:57:39 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: netmilsmom; kimoajax
Yep! With homeschooling there is plenty of flexible time for the exotic.

The kids and I would take off for Costa Rica for 6 week stays. We attended language school and lived with Costa Rican families. We went there five times. The two younger kids finished 6 college credits in Spanish and they were only 12 and 13 years old!

I read of a homeschooling family that was visiting every state in the nation. Their son was an avid bird watcher.

43 posted on 02/10/2011 12:00:39 PM PST by wintertime
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To: MrB
Not yet. Netflicks doesn't have it.

I will check it out again to see if it can be seen through the Internet, or if it must be purchased.

44 posted on 02/10/2011 12:02:14 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Send the guy a note. He might make it available through something like netflix, etc.

He was very gracious with our church group.
Oftentimes, a “public viewing” requires a special purchase or license.
He just let someone show his personal copy to our group.

Of course, he then sold a whole bunch of them as a result,
and he’s got me on FR voluntarily evangelizing his work,

so it was a good decision for him.


45 posted on 02/10/2011 12:08:01 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: RJR_fan
Parent who support public schools are cooperating with the enemies of Christ in a project to exterminate Christianity.

Any Christian government teacher who has not been fired yet is also cooperating with the enemies of Christ. These so-called Christians are teaching children to think and reason GODLESSLY!! How can that be compatible with Christianity? It can't!

Christian teachers, if they **really** loved kids would be striving with all their might to close these godless indoctrination centers down! They would be working to rescue as many children as possible from the godless government temples ( misnamed "schools"). They would be pressuring their pastors to open Christian schools, organizing volunteers to work in them, and running tutoring centers to help homeschooling families.

Christian teachers who think that they can sneak in a little Christian belief into the godless swamp are merely teaching the children that Christians are sneaky.

Christian teachers who believe their example is making a difference are in a perverse way doing just that! They are teaching children that Christians will feed a godless worldview to kids in exchange for money, dental and health insurance, and a pension. They are teaching the children that Christians are hypocrites, and too timid to do what is right.

Unlike those Balkan villagers, they aren't even forced to do so, just hookwinked and beguiled to do so voluntarily -- "but OUR public school is DIFFERENT, you see."

It is Christian teachers who are doing the beguiling!!! We have them sitting my own church!

Christian teachers tell young and inexperienced parents that their classes are "different". Hey!... These Christian teachers are "sneaking" in a little dab, now and then, of Christian philosophy. Parents see sweet little Mrs. Christian Teacher ( who loves her cat) and wrongly believe that their local government temple of godlessness couldn't possibly be all that bad.

46 posted on 02/10/2011 1:15:16 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Sacajaweau

I didn’t teach my kids (three home school graduates) the times tables, either, and two of them went on to become engineers, one of whom just got accepted to Carnegie Mellon yesterday for graduate studies in electrical engineering. My third son is a Narional Merit Scholar who is studying to become a doctor. They all picked up their times tables quickly and easily just by doing math. So, no need to fret over someone not being taught their times tables. :-)

By the way, I never taught them spelling, either, and they’re all excellent spellers. They read a lot and they read good literature.

This is not to say that I wouldn’t have sat them down to learn their times tables or to teach them how to spell if they weren’t learning them. I’m just saying that you don’t have to teach them those things in order for them to learn them.


47 posted on 02/10/2011 2:09:40 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Sacajaweau

Me again....

I actually *did* did teach them penmanship and it stinks! LOL! Well, one of them has bad penmanship. He’s the one who wants to be a doctor. I guess it was an omen that I missed at the time. :-)


48 posted on 02/10/2011 2:17:26 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: netmilsmom

“Why have kids if you’re not going to enjoy them?”

To wait on you? If they were in school all day who would bring me my ice tea and bon-bons? ;)


49 posted on 02/10/2011 3:56:51 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

My kids learned to touch-type pretty early — three at age 7, one at age 9. They are now 12, 14, 25, 27 — and their handwriting looks like that of children 7 or 9 years old. OTOH, they type quite briskly, one attaining 130+ wpm.


50 posted on 02/10/2011 5:08:17 PM PST by RJR_fan (The press corpse is going through the final stages of Hopium withdrawal. That leg tingle is urine.)
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