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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

liberty not license Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:47 PM
Paulus, Quite true. My homeschooled children all succeeded at the higher level, ie college, math classes that I did not have to take (it was the 70s and early 80s -- no core math requirements). Also, they matched my ability in English literature and writing, which were my strong points. And you are also right that I enjoyed learning new material along with my children, and as to those math deficiencies of mine -- well, I pretty much finally grasped algebra after helping several children learn it! I think that is called a "win/win." And we did it on pretty much a shoestring budget -- education doesn't really cost all that much.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:09 AM
If you haven't already, take a look at Khan Academy. You will be blown away. And its all free.
liberty not license Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:03 AM
Wow, homeschooling has changed so much! Talk about innovation and being able to "adapt or die" -- I never even heard of Khan Academy.
Our phonics program was "Professor Phonics." Cost about five dollars maybe? It was written by a nun, and I taught all my children to read with it, including one with a some language learning disabilities. That child, by the way, just graduated a semester early, with honors, from college.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:53 PM
LNL--Your experiences exactly mirror mine.

Regarding shoestring budgets, today's parents can use Khan Academy and many other top-quality, FREE programs as a central learning tool for their kids, supplemented by field trips, volunteer work, YMCA, sports--you name it.

Who knew? My parents are cool. Homeschooling is becoming hipster. Celebrity parents like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie proudly discuss their homeschooling lifestyle. But pioneers like my parents set the trend of educational freedom.

The plan was to send me to public school. My mother enjoyed her job as an R.N. and was not bored. She was simply a creative rebel. And my father encouraged her to pioneer—because he believed in freedom.

My mother is a rebel with her own style. She once told me: “I never wanted to be like anyone else. I always did my own thing. But my...