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Jan 29, 2013 billylourae commented on If Your Gay Kid Is Being Bullied At School And He Begs You To Homeschool Him....
@27, there is no law that says that home schooled kids can only be taught by their parent(s), and not by their neighbors, by their friends' parents, or learn through volunteer opportunities, or teach themselves from books, the internet, etc. We've all been carefully trained to subscribe to a scarcity model of education that says learning only happens under very specialized circumstances and specialized supervision. The reality is, that is just bullshit. The human mind is designed to learn, and if you stop running kids through a rat race of busy work and give them a chance to get really interested and inspired about something, and then make a decent effort to seek out resources and opportunities outside of the home and connect them with other people who have expertise in different areas, they will do just fine. My bother and I were both home schooled. Both of our parents had some college education, but neither of them were teachers, and we didn't have much money, either. My brother is now a registered nurse and I'm getting my MBA. Did our parents know everything we needed to learn to be prepared for nursing school or business school? Hell no! They encouraged our curiosity, taught us to think for ourselves, and helped us find the resources we needed to pursue our interests. It's not rocket science, and no parent should be frightened away from providing their child with the support and freedom that they need by the misconception that they will become responsible for single-handedly providing a "complete educational experience" without getting hep from their community.
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Jan 29, 2013 billylourae commented on If Your Gay Kid Is Being Bullied At School And He Begs You To Homeschool Him....
I am so happy to see Dan endorsing homeschooling, and giving some positive press to the non-religious, non-wacko, young-person empowering and liberating side of the movement. Doesn't have to cost a lot of money - I was home schooled and grew up in a family with pretty modest income. Especially for older kids who are capable of being self directed and get involved with volunteer opportunities and finding other non-traditional support systems for learning. Community College could be a great option for older kids, especially if something like WA's Running Start program is available. (Running Start was my stepping stone from homeschooling to college). A great resource for folks in this situation is Grace Lewellyn's The Teenage Liberation Handbook which is specifically aimed at teens who are not thriving in the school system and want to make a better education/life experience for themselves.
 

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