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September 17, 2004

The Horrible, Disappearing Homeschool Article

As Christina pointed out in our discussion of this article, the Holland Sentinel removed Peggy Boyce's "Homeschooling Robs Children" editorial. But Chris O'Donnell e-mailed me a url for where it is posted down that was tracked down by TZB. Who, btw, confirmed the paper yanked it because they were flooded by e-mails from put-out homeschoolers.

If you really want subject yourself to this article, don't say I didn't warn you.

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Homeschooling Robs Children, Says Inveterate Statist from Tim Berglund
Via a post at Tulip Girl's, I found this particularly depraved little op-ed on homeschooling. Originally posted an the Holland [Michigan] Sentinel, it can no longer be found there. I don't have the time to give it the fisking it so richly deserves, but... [Read More]

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More Anti-Homeschooling Bigotry from The Rough Woodsman
Thanks to Berglund and Tulipgirl for this story. The logic is so flawed that is makes reading the story tedious; but it is always interesting to read what the intolerant elites are thinking.... [Read More]

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"A recent Harvard study following home-schooled children over many years found that these children did not do better at the college level than traditionally educated children. "

Notice she doesn't say they did worse. Do we seriously think she would NOT have said that if it was true?

So where's the beef?

Posted by: pentamom at September 17, 2004 03:55 PM

Reading a portion of this letter where she says "Who is monitoring these children" made me think of the movie "The American President". In the movie everyone seems to be outraged that the President, a single man, is having a relationship. One lady on the radio calls in and asks "What about his daughter Lucy? Is anyone thinking about that poor litle girl?" The movie has the woman's voice over a video of the President and his girlfriend clapping and cheering his daughter as she plays the tuba. She hardly looks like a "poor little girl".

Now, as I read that part of the article where she talks about who is monitoring the children, and that they are locked in the house with no friendships with other children I'm seeing a little video in my head of my son running around with other kids at park day and enjoying a field trip to a local pizza place with the homeschool group.

I really wish people would learn more about homeschooling before they write letters like this. And she needs to learn more about her history. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were schooled at home, as well as many other early leaders.

Posted by: Christina at September 17, 2004 04:51 PM

I should point out that Jay Allen at TZB actually found the article copy. I forwarded it to you after receiving it from him.

Posted by: Chris at September 17, 2004 06:29 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I updated my post to be more accurate. *g*

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 17, 2004 08:45 PM

I don't even have words!!!! My blood pressure, however, is thru the roof after reading that article!

Posted by: Amie at September 17, 2004 09:04 PM

I'm not EVEN going to read that - that kind of thing really gets me into some of my worst sins. I've already been calling people "morons" over at John R's blog.
:-p

Posted by: Kelly at September 17, 2004 09:21 PM

Um. People he was blogging about, not him or people commenting on his blog.
*blush*

Posted by: Kelly at September 17, 2004 09:22 PM

Who, Kelly? Socrates? Plato? Aristotle? ;-)

Posted by: pentamom at September 17, 2004 10:02 PM

*ROTFLOL*

Just another reason to adore you, pentamom.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 17, 2004 11:41 PM

There are some people that it just isn't worth arguing with and I think the author of the article is one of them. I don't know what her problem is but she is making gross assumptions about how life and homeschooling go on; especially since no two families homeschool alike.

I homeschooled all my children for some portion of their life and I didn't even homeschool any two of my children alike!

Enjoy the homeschooling days; they are lovely.

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