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How my child went from home school to Harvard and yours can, too
Fox News ^ | January 26, 2012 | Wayne Allen Root

Posted on 01/27/2012 10:31:25 AM PST by Sopater

America is in shambles from sea to shining sea. Unemployment is nearly at Great Depression levels. The real estate is still week and near collapse. And, of course, our U.S. Triple A credit rating is gone for the first time in history.

But this is National School Choice Week and all of that terrible economic news is child’s play (excuse the pun) compared to our failing government-run education system.

The accelerating and dramatic decline of our public school system is the shame of this once great country. I call our public school system "Every Child Left Behind."

The failure of our public school system condemns millions of young Americans to a future with no hope, no advancement, no good jobs, perhaps no jobs at all.

The American Dream of automatically doing better than the past generation has been relegated to the dust-bin of history because of our education crisis. This is our national disgrace.

Nationally SAT scores in critical reading reached their lowest levels ever in 2011. “Ever” as in the history of America.

Combined math and reading SAT scores were the lowest since 1995. This despite our country spending the most money ever.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: arth; education; frhf; harvard; highereducation; homeschool; success
When President Bush took office in 2000 Education Department spending was $30 billion. Today it is over $70 billion annually, plus another $175 billion extra in education spending from Obama’s stimulus program. Add up the numbers. We’ve gone from $30 billion annually to almost $200 billion in just over a decade. That’s about a 7-times increase in total education spending. Does anyone think education is 7 times better? Actually it’s more likely 7 times worse.

That's just Federal $$$. That says nothing about State and local $$$ that goes into these sinkholes.

Yet through all this gloom and doom, there is a ray of hope. A story of remarkable educational success. A story I call “Homeschool to Harvard.” My daughter Dakota Root was home-schooled by her small businessman dad and devoted Christian homemaker mom right here in Las Vegas.

Not all homeschoolers will get perfect scores on their SATs and wind up at Harvard, but they will indeed do better than they otherwise would have if they had been simply thrown to the wolves.

Now, let's just hope that Harvard doesn't ruin this wonderful young lady.
1 posted on 01/27/2012 10:31:32 AM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater
My question is why, after homeschooling your child, would you let them go to Harvard?

She was accepted by many of this nation’s finest universities including Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, Penn, Brown, Chicago, Virginia, and Cal-Berkeley -- the list goes on and on.

Great, all liberal ivory towers. This is just as bad a problem as the public schools.

2 posted on 01/27/2012 10:39:42 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: kosciusko51

Education may be free; certification isn’t.


3 posted on 01/27/2012 10:41:34 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sopater
Now, let's just hope that Harvard doesn't ruin this wonderful young lady.

If being named "Dakota Root" didn't ruin her, she's obviously got some kind of skeletal fortitude. Maybe Harvard thought she's American Indian.

When my college roommate applied to their medical school, they were sure she was from Haiti or Francophone Africa (instead of Houston, Texas) because she was black and had a French name. "Dear Third-World Student ..."

4 posted on 01/27/2012 10:41:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (View new baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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To: kosciusko51
My question is why, after homeschooling your child, would you let them go to Harvard?

After homeschooling my child through highschool, he is now attending a state university, but probably not for the same reason that this young lady chose to go to Harvard. We chose the state U because of the price, and he can live at home while attending school. We still go over all of his books and class material with him and are diligently resisting the indoctrination.
5 posted on 01/27/2012 10:43:34 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Whatever floats yer boat! Some homeschoolers would not take a Harvard education on a silver platter.


6 posted on 01/27/2012 10:44:20 AM PST by Lady Lucky (A tea party in name only is worse than no tea party at all.)
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To: Sopater
FTA: Dakota scored perfect SAT scores of 800 in reading and writing.

FTA: The real estate is still week and near collapse.

Just guessing here but I think dad didn't have anything to do with teaching the unit on homophones. Good thing for Dakota...

7 posted on 01/27/2012 10:45:30 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Tax-chick
...they were sure she was from Haiti or Francophone Africa...

They sure do love to bend over backwards to show the world that they have overcome ratial bias by rewarding their token third-world students, regardless of merit.
8 posted on 01/27/2012 10:48:23 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

She ended up going to UC-San Francisco ... full scholarship, the only out-of-state student they admitted that year.


9 posted on 01/27/2012 10:49:51 AM PST by Tax-chick (View new baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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To: T-Bird45
Just guessing here but I think dad didn't have anything to do with teaching the unit on homophones.

Ha! That's funny. I also stay as far away from homophones as humanly possible. My children excelled in academics "despite" their parent's "weeknesses" (sp error intended). ;-)
10 posted on 01/27/2012 10:51:34 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: ctdonath2

I understand that. But there are good conservative “liberal arts” schools, plus some (mostly) apolitical science schools.


11 posted on 01/27/2012 11:07:21 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Sopater

Right. Great idea.

Teach your id properly and then send them to be re-educated by the commies.


12 posted on 01/27/2012 11:44:33 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Sopater

Every parent should beware:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid949801312001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAACEco_Vk~,9bOat4XcfB_88ri1a3UMdKnLpH9aM8Fv&bclid=0&bctid=1271237687001


13 posted on 01/27/2012 11:56:34 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Sopater
I also stay as far away from homophones as humanly possible.

You are just homophonephobic.
14 posted on 01/27/2012 12:03:53 PM PST by FewsOrange
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To: Sopater
He also has a son.

My 7-year-old Remington Reagan
15 posted on 01/27/2012 12:08:24 PM PST by FewsOrange
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To: GeronL
Teach your id properly and then send them to be re-educated by the commies.

He's not being re-ecucated. He's only in his second semester and has already had several debates with his American Gov't, English, and Speech profs. He generally confronts them with the truth and then shakes his head in disbelief when they provide an illogical, emotional response.
16 posted on 01/27/2012 12:49:47 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: FewsOrange
You are just homophonephobic.

Guity, as charged.
17 posted on 01/27/2012 12:51:03 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Lady Lucky

“Whatever floats yer boat! Some homeschoolers would not take a Harvard education on a silver platter.”

With degree from Harvard, a person can pretty much write their own ticket in life. And also gain positions of influence to help affect the kind of change that is based in their values. To turn their back on that - or to even have parents who urge them to walk away from that - would be shortsighted and utterly misguided, IMO.


18 posted on 01/27/2012 2:28:25 PM PST by buckleyfan (WFB, save us!)
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To: Sopater

What a lousy choice for an indoctrination..


19 posted on 01/27/2012 2:35:20 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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20 posted on 01/27/2012 3:07:42 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Tax-chick

Hahvard.
They wouldn’t let me in if I paid all the tuition myself.


21 posted on 01/27/2012 4:21:29 PM PST by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Mortrey

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid949801312001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAACEco_Vk~,9bOat4XcfB_88ri1a3UMdKnLpH9aM8Fv&bclid=0&bctid=1271237687001

Maybe the link was so long it scared others...but Brigitte is absolute OUTSTANDING!!! What a brave woman.


22 posted on 01/27/2012 5:39:17 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: Tax-chick
You read my mind Tax-chick. He should have thought about her future before sticking her with such an unserious name as Dakota.....ugh!

One of our daughters has a fairly common unisex nickname--there are more boys with the same name as her in her school than girls. However, it's a derivative of her given name, which was done on purpose so that she would have a moniker that sounded more professional and serious when she reached adulthood.

23 posted on 01/27/2012 7:01:33 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: Anoreth

That’s because you don’t email your grandmother. Check your email - she’s nagging me “more-in-sorrow-than-in-oh wait a minute, I really do mean you’re a total FAIL as a mother,” when all you need to do is send a politely grateful email, already.

Anyway, maybe you could persuade Harvard that you’re an American Indian, too. If they said you weren’t, that would be Racist.


24 posted on 01/28/2012 5:30:03 AM PST by Tax-chick (View new baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Ours all have names that could comfortably follow “The President of the United States,” even if they go through frivolous nicknames. Number-One Son started out as “Billy,” but mentioned when I helped him register for community college that he planned to be known as “William” for that environment. Maybe there’s a trend for alternative rock musicians to have presidential names ;-).


25 posted on 01/28/2012 5:42:35 AM PST by Tax-chick (View new baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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To: metmom

Might be good for a “Homeschool” ping.

Cheers


26 posted on 01/28/2012 12:05:57 PM PST by DoctorBulldog (Obama Sucks!!!)
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To: Mortrey

Great video! Thanks for the link.

Cheers


27 posted on 01/28/2012 12:10:31 PM PST by DoctorBulldog (Obama Sucks!!!)
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28 posted on 01/28/2012 5:10:36 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: T-Bird45
FTA: The real estate is still week and near collapse.

And sometimes a typo is just.... a typo! ;-)

29 posted on 01/28/2012 6:56:55 PM PST by aberaussie
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To: Sopater

Homeschoolers are the remnant that is being set aside to recover and then lead this nation in the next 30 years. Let’s remember that. Those of you that are willing to give money to candidates should take half of that money and sew it into the lives (even in early grades) of homeschooling families. Pay for special tutoring or skills that they will use to open doors later in life. Investing in a homeschoolers life will yield far greater dividends than money for a political campaign.


30 posted on 01/29/2012 5:47:35 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Sopater
How my child went from home school to Harvard and yours can, too

Now, why in the world would I want to undo all those years of time, treasure and talent I poured into that child?

31 posted on 01/29/2012 5:52:22 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Sopater
Great. Just what the world needs. Another Bill O'Reilly.

Can't complete a sentence without mentioning that he went to Hahvahd.

Who cares. What's two plus two? Take your time.

32 posted on 01/29/2012 5:56:33 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Lady Lucky

>>Whatever floats yer boat! Some homeschoolers would not take a Harvard education on a silver platter.<<

Count me in. After all the sacrifices that we made for the homeschooling, keeping it up for six years of college is nothing.

Free ride or not, my kids will not attend a state university, harvard, or yale. They are going to Hillsdale.


33 posted on 01/29/2012 6:43:35 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Sopater

The fact she went to Harvard means her education was faulty. Had she been truly educated, she would have gone somewhere else.

As it stands she is the token home schooler sent to Harvard like Anita Jones was sent to Yale.


34 posted on 01/29/2012 6:45:54 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Sopater
My daughter Dakota Root was home-schooled...

What are the odds the parents will get any grand kids out of Dakota? She'll want a career, and she'll want a husband of equal or better stature, a tough find when most men of high stature are looking for a stay at home trophy wife. If she has invested heavily in her education, does it make sense to not work? If she works, does it make much sense to have kids and pay others to raise them? A million years of human R&D comes to a genetic and cultural dead end.

35 posted on 01/29/2012 7:04:41 AM PST by Reeses
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To: bert

Well you don’t go to Harvard for the education. You go for the contacts for later professional networking. Over the years I have worked with Ivy Leagues & Big Name U school graduates and find them usually no more capable then graduates who were decent students at Big State U.


36 posted on 01/29/2012 7:07:50 AM PST by Reily
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To: buckleyfan

It’s interesting how posters here trash Harvard yet would be offended if their alma mater were trashed.


37 posted on 01/29/2012 7:14:05 AM PST by ladyjane
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