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Human interest stories, abuse, homeschooling and public opinion

After commenting on the number of human interest stories about homeschooled youth doing what any other American kid does around graduation time contrasted with two horrific abuse cases which made news last month, I noted: Most stereotypes are built on ignorance rather than overt hostility, and personal experience goes a long way toward shaping a person’s opinions of homeschooling. While…

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Homeschooled, museum-schooled

A small human interest story appeared in the Grand Island Independent about homeschooling on Sunday that I rather enjoyed. Recently it seems that homeschoolers doing what any other American teenager does (put on a play, go to prom, graduate and go off to college) are getting a lot of press. But young Aaron Beye is a little different. After all,…

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Public opinion of homeschooling slipping?

HarrisInteractive released the results of its May 2008 survey of over 2000 adults regarding the status of American education on Monday. Public schools, it seems, are not doing well in the eye of the public. Public schools fall to the bottom of the list when it comes to the quality of education they provide. Just one in six U.S. adults…

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Homeschooling without credentials leads to educational anarchy

It isn’t just that we’re “well meaning amateurs.” The National Education Association (well, at least the California Chapter) has real concerns about what homeschooling will do to the entire educational system. As reported by the Pacific Justice Institute, the organization representing Sunland Christian School: For instance, the California Teachers Association claims in its brief that allowing parents to homeschool their…

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Subway Protesters: Please call off the dogs

Apparently, emotions run high over sandwich shops and their contests. After Subway issued their apology, I thought the matter would be dropped. But I guess the apology wasn’t quite good enough. In my email box sits a message, instructing me to cut, paste and edit it for use with my local Subway store, as if I weren’t capable of crafting…

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College and the homeschool advantage

The two most popular items to have made their rounds while my blog was moving servers seem to be the Subway boycott and Dr. Laura’s entry about homeschoolers and socialization. Most of the commentary I’ve seen regarding Dr. Laura’s entry, however, has included only a link with little discussion. So I thought I’d share a few thoughts of my own.…

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The Great Subway Contest Crisis of 2008

While most Americans were enjoying barbecues and the Hanley family was watching 70 mph winds blow a stream of water up the hill in front of our house, homeschoolers were busy organizing a boycott against Subway and possibly even Scholastic. My email box had more messages related to the boycott than spam, and the forums were hopping over a holiday…

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