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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

windskisong Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 3:23 PM
you can get by on one income with lowered expectations and smart financial choices. 2 cars, purchased used, 11 and 13 years old. A house that is at the lower end of the size scale for a 5 person home (1500 sq ft). Vacations are by car, close driving range, to do things that are low cost. Everything is used or discounted. Wife's financial contribution is through finding discounts and having the kids do the same, and managing finances. Kids trade stocks on play accounts at first, for real at 9 yrs old (trades will go thru mom and dad b4 they are entered). We don't eat out. We don't eat junk food. We don't eat organic. Wife is a Pharmacist, but had a crappy elementary education and needed much tutoring. No education background.
windskisong Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 3:27 PM
Many friends in local homeschooling community have minimal education. One couple has 7 kids, neither graduated from high school, kids are doing awesome - WAAAY smarter and better educated than parents. Where they live now (hostile foreign country - missionaries) has electricity only about 4 hrs / day.

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...