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The home-schooling revolution: Williams asks parents to take children out of public schools
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, August 17, 2002 | Kyle Williams

Posted on 08/17/2002 5:06:31 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

As the summer comes to a close, and fall creeps in, millions of children and teens will be trudging off to the local institutions of learning in the early morning hours. The greatest number of these institutions are the so-called "public schools."

However, there is another form of education that has begun to do extraordinary things. Homeschooling has already outperformed every other form of education in America – and not just in test scores.

In 1985, a Gallup Poll surveyed America on their opinion of homeschooling. The results might startle a few today, because 75 percent of Americans thought homeschooling was a bad idea. Public opinion – at that time – believed that the notion of parents alone teaching their children at home was a foreign idea and questions were raised about whether it would or could be successful.

However, when homeschoolers had a chance to perform and show the world what results could be accomplished, public opinion changed drastically. Less than 20 years later, another Gallup Poll was taken on homeschooling and America changed its opinion to 75 percent believing homeschooling is a good idea.

The simple answer to why public opinion has radically changed on home education is the fact that homeschoolers outperform their peers in government schools and other forms of education.

First, on average, homeschooled students score in the range of 75 to 85 on most tests – while their peers in government education score in the range 50 to 60 on the same tests.

Second, home-educated students score above average on the SAT and ACT tests. Additionally, many colleges and universities are now more likely to be interested in homeschooled students because of their above-average results.

Third, homeschoolers have been ruling the academic "bees" for some time now. Year after year, homeschoolers have been in the top placements for the Geography Bee, Spelling Bee and the USA Math Olympiad.

Even after the successes of homeschooling, the National Education Association still continues to raise the issue of socialization. You would think, by now, we would be past this fundamental issue. Yet, homeschooling is not just about results, test scores and the future business success of a student, but the time spent the way it should be – with families living their daytime hours together.

Government-run public schools have had their chance. For over 100 years, schools have been run publicly by the government and – from the beginning – it has been going downhill alongside the intelligence of America.

In addition, you can see severe lower standards in government schools these days. When students have a 3.6 Grade Point Average and score below 20 on the ACT and have to take remedial classes in college, you know we have a problem with standards in schools.

However, test scores and results on the ACT and SAT are not the worst problem facing government schools. But, rather, it is the intentional indoctrination that is taking place in many schools, under the banner of "hate-crime prevention," "tolerance," and "multiculturalism."

Yet, while some school districts are accomplishing good results, most are not. Education expert and nationally known author Thomas Sowell said, "If every parent in America knew what was really going on in public schools, there would be a revolution."

He was right. American parents are becoming aware of what is happening in our schools and reform has just now begun to take shape.

What's this reform I speak of, you ask? It's the reform that is taking place by responsible American parents taking their children out of government schools. The only element that has a chance of saving public education is competition between private education and public education.

Therefore, I call upon parents to take their children out of public schools, ensure their ability to perform in the business world as an adult, and choose the greatest form of education: parents teaching their children at home.


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KEYWORDS: catholiclist; children; education; educationnews; galluppoll; homeeducation; homeschool; homeschooling; homeschoollist; nea; polls; schools
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Saturday, August 17, 2002

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1 posted on 08/17/2002 5:06:31 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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2 posted on 08/17/2002 5:38:07 AM PDT by madfly
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3 posted on 08/17/2002 5:40:02 AM PDT by madfly
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To: JohnHuang2
Preach it !!
4 posted on 08/17/2002 5:42:42 AM PDT by Octavius
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To: 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; WIMom; OldFriend; ...
bump!
5 posted on 08/17/2002 5:48:10 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: JohnHuang2
Though only a small fraction of children are now being home schooled, it is the fastest growing area of primary education today. Much more important than its size, is what it teaches all of us. ORDINARY AMERICANS ARE BETTER TEACHERS THAN MANY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS.

THAT is the message which the National "Edukashun" Union and its wholely-owned subsidiary, the Democrat Party, don't want the American people to get. But according to the dramatically-reversed results in the Gallup poll, the people have already gotten that message.

Now it is time to make the politicans and school boards that still don't get it, to pay the price and be driven from office. Click the second link below.

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest column: "Good People, Naked People, People Who Are Wet and Wild."

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6 posted on 08/17/2002 5:49:54 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: madfly
BTTT!!!!!
7 posted on 08/17/2002 5:51:30 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: TxBec
This is a great victory. In 1980, home-schooling was illegal or very restricted in all states. Under 30,000 kids were home schooled. Today, it is legal in every state.
8 posted on 08/17/2002 5:53:14 AM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
With kudos and thanks to Home School Legal Defense Association and some very courageous parents!!
9 posted on 08/17/2002 6:02:52 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: JohnHuang2
Third, homeschoolers have been ruling the academic "bees" for some time now. Year after year, homeschoolers have been in the top placements for the Geography Bee, Spelling Bee and the USA Math Olympiad.

Public educators have grumbled against homeschoolers for winning saying that they spend too much of their time studying for the tests and that it's not fair and unhealthy for the kids! Can you believe their twisted logic?

10 posted on 08/17/2002 6:04:53 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: JohnHuang2
I am a big supporter of home-schooling.

However, I disgree with the author that the reason to support it is to "reform" public schools.

The leftists have ruined many public schools beyond repair in our lifetime.

Parents should homeschool because they love their children and want the best for their children. That is reason enough.

I look forward to a day when public schools are abolished. New institutions need to be created based on the needs of a future marketplace.

To the eternal liberal question of "what do we do about poor children?" my simple answer is "let the debate begin", district by district, town by town, state by state. Perhaps "public" schools should be treated as charities manned by volunteers. But the teacher's unions and the local, state, and federal bureaucracy need to be put out of business.

The current system is broken beyond repair. Public schools in many districts are little more than a mixture of prisons, indoctrination centers, and babysitting centers and define the abuse and heglect of children.
11 posted on 08/17/2002 6:11:49 AM PDT by cgbg
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To: JohnHuang2
Great article from this articulate, home-schooled, 13-year-old! Amen, brother.
12 posted on 08/17/2002 6:21:24 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Boxsford
The organizers of the National Geographic Bee have set up some new "guidelines" that are obviously designed to make it much more difficult for homeschoolers to paticipate in the Bee next year. The Scripps Spelling bee is considering doing something similar...it's very sad that homeschoolers are being forced out of the Bees, and I wonder if some kind of NEA pressure is behind these new "rules"
13 posted on 08/17/2002 6:26:04 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: LarryLied
State public school officials are trying to make it illegal in CA. I read somewhere that CA has about 120,000 home schoolers. I don't think the school officials will win in the long run, but I expect homeschoolers there will have a battle on their hands.
14 posted on 08/17/2002 6:28:29 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: ladylib
bttt
15 posted on 08/17/2002 6:29:09 AM PDT by madfly
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To: twyn1
I bet they are. It must be embarrassing for the NEA to have so many homeschoolers win these bees.
16 posted on 08/17/2002 6:31:14 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: JohnHuang2
bmp....I mean bump. Obviously a product of government schools.
17 posted on 08/17/2002 6:39:12 AM PDT by jslade
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To: Boxsford
Especially the courageous parents who fought HSLDA in state after state when they have attempted to lobby for intrusive, unecessary and counterproductive homeschooling legislation.

Veteran of the 1995-95 Michigan Homeschool War
18 posted on 08/17/2002 6:39:48 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: madfly
Thanks for the heads up!
19 posted on 08/17/2002 6:40:08 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ladylib
State public school officials are trying to make it illegal in CA. I read somewhere that CA has about 120,000 home schoolers. I don't think the school officials will win in the long run, but I expect homeschoolers there will have a battle on their hands.

120,000 is inaccurate, in my opinion, for the simple reason that many homeschoolers in this state are underground and the "system" doesn't know they exist.

20 posted on 08/17/2002 6:41:53 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Boxsford
Especially the courageous parents who fought HSLDA in state after state when they have attempted to lobby for intrusive, unecessary and counterproductive homeschooling legislation.

Veteran of the 1995-95 Michigan Homeschool War
21 posted on 08/17/2002 6:42:02 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: pinz-n-needlez
sorry, the posting page hiccupped.
22 posted on 08/17/2002 7:02:33 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: Congressman Billybob
Though only a small fraction of children are now being home schooled, it is the fastest growing area of primary education today.

What does that tell you? It doesn't have a lot of momentum right now but it is catching on. Good.

23 posted on 08/17/2002 7:03:25 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Boxsford
Third, homeschoolers have been ruling the academic "bees" for some time now. Year after year, homeschoolers have been in the top placements for the Geography Bee, Spelling Bee and the USA Math Olympiad.

Public educators have grumbled against homeschoolers for winning saying that they spend too much of their time studying for the tests and that it's not fair and unhealthy for the kids! Can you believe their twisted logic?

Their logic is twisted and bogus. You can't cram for a spelling bee or the Math Olympiad, the field of study is too broad. The real truth is that the homeschool kids are getting a better education and the public school socialists hate it, they can't offer adequate explanations, and so all they have to offer is doubletalk and BS.

24 posted on 08/17/2002 7:09:01 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: JohnHuang2
All kids really need to know are how to read write and do math

After that anything can be self taught through books

History geography etc etc have been PCed to death in the schools so not having kids have formal courses as taught in our public schools in those subjects is a good thing
25 posted on 08/17/2002 7:09:35 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: twyn1
The organizers of the National Geographic Bee have set up some new "guidelines" that are obviously designed to make it much more difficult for homeschoolers to paticipate in the Bee next year. The Scripps Spelling bee is considering doing something similar..

I emailed you privately on this. Please let us know where you got this information so we can pass it on.

26 posted on 08/17/2002 7:25:06 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: pinz-n-needlez
Michigan parents went through hell to be sure. Tell us more about your experience with HSLDA. I've not read anything negative about them in the Michigan cases. I'd really like to know. I do realize that there are folks out there that have some legitimate grips against HSLDA but on the whole they have done more good than anything else. I myself wish they were more aggressive in fighting state regulations but maybe there is an agenda I'm not aware of.
27 posted on 08/17/2002 7:39:08 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: JohnHuang2
Yet, homeschooling is not just about results, test scores and the future business success of a student, but the time spent the way it should be – with families living their daytime hours together.

My siblings and I are all bright people, who COULD have taught ourselves, in three or four years, everything we learned in eight grades of hellish Catholic school. Instead, we were robbed of years upon years of interaction with one another, isolated in separate "grades," later in separate "schools," growing up strangers because of hours of pointless "homework."

Parents: Do not send your children off to the Gulag when they turn six, just because it's been that way for several generations! Life does not have to be hell for children, just because it's been hell for a few generations. Children do not have to be educated in herds; they can be educated by people who love them--their mothers and siblings.

28 posted on 08/17/2002 7:51:54 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Alamo-Girl
Hey girl! Hope all things are well with you!!
29 posted on 08/17/2002 7:54:48 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Arthur McGowan
Ah, bless your heart. I like the way you write. Thanks for encourging homeschooling!!
30 posted on 08/17/2002 7:56:24 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: twyn1
What are the new rules, do you know?
31 posted on 08/17/2002 7:57:39 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Lizavetta
One of the women in our homeschooling e-mail group (in PA) participates in the Bee each year, here is what she sent to us...

1. Groups "should work through their county or larger homeschool associations and register as a county group"
2. "Interested homeschools must provide the names, addresses and ages of all participating homeschool students." (in bold) *with* their registrations.
3. "All students participating in a homeschool bee must be exclusively homeschooled."
4. "There should also be a contact person that is not a parent of one of the children participating."

At first glance the new guidelines don't seem that bad, but each one sets up roadblocks that were not there before.

32 posted on 08/17/2002 7:59:46 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: Abundy; adversarial; agitator; agrandis; Alabama_Wild_Man; Alan Chapman; Arleigh; ...
another excellent article by kyle williams, our resident *home schooled* prodigy!
33 posted on 08/17/2002 8:04:24 AM PDT by christine
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To: JohnHuang2
Good article to post! Bump!
Of course, one other perspective on why public schools are so bad is simply that most of the teachers are there to see if they can learn it this time: it's remedial education for them.
34 posted on 08/17/2002 8:08:02 AM PDT by arnoldfwilliams
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To: Boxsford
Hi there! Long time, no chat. I'm so glad you posted to me! Hugs!!!
35 posted on 08/17/2002 8:20:54 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: twyn1
After reading the requirements for particpants at the Scripps Howard website, it looks to me that the following rules are the foot in the door to how they will edge out homeschoolers:

(7) they may not eschew normal school activity in favor of preparation for spelling bees; and

(8) they, having once won a Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee championship in Washington, D.C., are ineligible for further competition in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, including spelling bees that are preliminary to the national finals in Washington, D.C. With regard to requirements (1) and (2), spelling bee officials may, at their discretion, set a minimum grade and/or age limit. With regard to requirements (3) and (4), the purpose is to discourage cheating. All sponsors have been notified that their champion speller will be ineligible for the national finals if the 2002 School Pronouncer Guide is used as the word list in their final local spelling bee. With regard to requirement (7), normal school activity shall be defined as adherence to the full school schedule and varied academic course load maintained by a majority of the speller's age-mates and grade-mates.

36 posted on 08/17/2002 8:22:23 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: christine
Bump for homeschooling. Get government out of the schools.
37 posted on 08/17/2002 8:27:10 AM PDT by 4CJ
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To: *Education News; *Homeschool_list
Index Bump
38 posted on 08/17/2002 8:34:49 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: Arthur McGowan
"Parents: Do not send your children off to the Gulag when they turn six, just because it's been that way for several generations! Life does not have to be hell for children, just because it's been hell for a few generations. Children do not have to be educated in herds; they can be educated by people who love them--their mothers and siblings."

Well said.

BTTT

39 posted on 08/17/2002 9:33:02 AM PDT by Artist
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To: Boxsford
Do you know that HSLDA fought us almost every step of the way in 1996 in Michigan, saying that the new law that was snuck through in the last hours of a session was a great improvement?

It took a lot of months to show people how the status quo was a wonderful place to be.

I chalk most of their activities up to the fact that every lawyer coming out of law school needs to find 40 years' worth of billable hours.

If one is going to be a 'homeschooling lawyer,' having clear minimalist regulations in all 50 states is not a very good way to make a living. :-)

I have friends in several states who had similar experiences in warding off misguided efforts to remedy imaginary problems. Check out what is happening in New York state.

They may mean well (and it's a big 'may'), but for parents who want to avoid institutionalizing homeschooling and are intent on raising their children making their own decisions, HSLDA can be a frustrating interference.

In Michigan, we spent a lot of time convincing our representatives that we were perfectly capable of speaking for ourselves, and had, in fact, NOT invited out-of-state lawyers to come in and speak for us.

Keep reading, investigating and thinking. You may want HSLDA to represent your interests. I do not, and am annoyed that it takes so much energy to keep them from speaking for me.
40 posted on 08/17/2002 9:33:45 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: JohnHuang2
Do homes where both parents work engage in home schooling? I was wondering how many hours per day is the average class time for a home school student.
41 posted on 08/17/2002 9:35:19 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Arthur McGowan
Well said, Arthur.

After 19 years, I see that academics is the least of the notable pluses of homeschooling. The fact that children can get to know and love their siblings, and to learn and understand the world with their parents is a mighty strong glue. Holding together families and societies.

Thank you.
42 posted on 08/17/2002 9:37:21 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: GatorGirl; tiki; maryz; *Catholic_list; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; Askel5; ...
Catholic list ping. I am curious as to the experiences of Catholic Home School parents and their thoughts on this article and the HS phenomena in general.
43 posted on 08/17/2002 9:39:34 AM PDT by narses
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To: narses; patent; Siobhan; sitetest; JMJ333; Catholicguy; *Catholic_list; Notwithstanding; ...
Home schooling is the single greatest decision our family ever made. Do not even hesitate one second, just do it, for the sake of the souls of your children. There is absolutely no valid reason that the naysayers can advance for not homeschooling. If you have the discipline just do it.
44 posted on 08/17/2002 9:44:09 AM PDT by Polycarp
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To: christine
Thanks for the ping christine. I always enjoy reading Kyle's writing. He is a bright spot for sure. I would have missed this one if not for your ping.

And thank you too Kyle - keep the faith!

45 posted on 08/17/2002 10:18:44 AM PDT by kcpopps
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To: kcpopps
bttt
46 posted on 08/17/2002 10:24:13 AM PDT by madfly
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To: JohnHuang2
If you agree that the Separation of School and State, go <a href="http://www.sepschool.org>here</a> to sign the Proclamation.
47 posted on 08/17/2002 10:44:12 AM PDT by Kermit
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To: Lizavetta
The very thought that perhaps these home schoolers have a better, more efficient way to teach spelling makes them angry. Well, considering that they DON'T teach spelling this is understandable. Where I live, they don't correct the children's spelling, and leave them to find out themselves what the correct spelling is (hey, it's easier than actually working).

While I was helping my mother fill out the course descriptions for the Edukation Minis^H^H^H^H^HDepartment to prove that she was worthy to teach my sister, we went to a web page for a local school for a good laugh, and were disgusted to at what we found. Poor grammar, spelling, and the ugliest web pages you've ever seen abound. Oh, and don't forget about the bullsh|t! So, if you enjoy the feeling of not knowing whether to laugh or cry, visit a school's web page. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
48 posted on 08/17/2002 10:44:37 AM PDT by bokonon
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To: JohnHuang2
Even after the successes of homeschooling, the National Education Association still continues to raise the issue of socialization. You would think, by now, we would be past this fundamental issue. Yet, homeschooling is not just about results, test scores and the future business success of a student, but the time spent the way it should be – with families living their daytime hours together.

I won't argue about the efficacy of home-schooling for academics, nor will I discount the value of family time. As such, the socialization thing is way overblown by the NEA: who, it must be remembered, have ushered in a system whereby "socialization" apparently means giving in to the worst manifestations of modern trash culture.

Still, I've seen many homeschooled kids, especially boys, who really do miss out on certain important social lessons. My experience has been that many homeschooling parents are very protective of their kids, and the primary teachers are their (protective) mothers, who very tightly restrict the people with whom their kids interact.

For boys, this often leads to situations where they miss out on learning "guy stuff" -- those stupid-seeming games where the main point seems to be inflicting pain, and laughing when you get hurt, and doing it with a group of like-minded guys.

Guys will understand the fun of a game like, say, "butt ball," the point of which is for one team to taunt another by waving their (clothed -- you'll soon see why) rear ends at the other team, who attempts to hit same with a whiffle ball thrown as hard as possible from close range.

Churchill once said, "nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." OTOH, there are very important lessons to be learned from getting stung and laughing about it with your team mates. And it's remarkably difficult to imagine a group of home-schooling mothers allowing such a game to take place.

If nothing else, a more public education (i.e., not necessarily public schools, but with relatively uncontrolled interactions between kids) provides access to to guy stuff, not to mention an education about how to deal with people who are not just like you.

49 posted on 08/17/2002 10:59:45 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: JohnHuang2
Therefore, I call upon parents to take their children out of public schools, ensure their ability to perform in the business world as an adult, and choose the greatest form of education: parents teaching their children at home.

And you can take that NEA and GLSEN and flush them!

50 posted on 08/17/2002 11:09:13 AM PDT by Salvation
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