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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 5:44 PM
OD - you quipped earlier that you are "a professor of mathematics and physics at Harvard" and that you "would not venture to attempt to teach outside of my two disciplines", yet you do not have any advanced degrees in education, educational psychology, or other areas that relate directly to student learning...and still, you try to tell everyone here how they should or should not educate their children. Seems to me as though you are attempting to teach outside of your two disciplines.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 5:53 PM
For K-12 a teaching certificate is sufficient. However for the teaching of courses as a professor in college and graduate school a PhD is required (I have two) thus qualifying instruction within the specialties I teach. I do not attempt to teach... and would not... those disciplines outside my core specialty. Such while perhaps seemingly entertaining would indeed be foolish at the professional level.
HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:02 PM
So, if an undergraduate teaching certificate is "sufficient", then explain how you can assert that only gifted students should be homeschooled? Does that mean that the typical K-12 teacher is not sufficiently qualified to teach students of varying ability levels?
AKFred1 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:05 PM
You assumption that an 8th grader could understand the theory behind a black hole is amazing. To understand those theories one needs advanced mathematics and physics. To grasp these theories one has to be able to put ideas together without paper and pen. Most individuals entering college are looking to obtain these skills. I remember sitting in calculus, there was an individual in class working to grasp these new theories. She was having a hard time to say the least. She passed the class but decided to wait 2 more years before attending college full time. She graduated high school 2 years later. My point is most kids are incapable of learning advanced theories until later in schooling.
Elmo Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 4:19 PM
I just finished my fourth PhD. It was very simple. Dig down four feet, fill with cement, plumb and level. Four P ost h oles D ug.
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