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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Missing Out?

Today I received six e-mails from teen girls regarding "Missing Out?" the article I wrote for Brio magazine about home schooling.

The subhead (which is not included in the online version) reads:

Whether you're entering the world of home schooling or you've been doing it for years, you may feel as though you're missing something. Find out how to turn these common complaints into advantages!

Common complaints include: "I have no social life," "I'm missing out on academic opportunities" and "How can I be 'salt and light'?" I drew the complaints from my own experiences home schooling, but evidently they struck a chord with modern home schooling teens.

Molly from Colorado Springs wrote:

Thank you so much for the article "Missing Out?" I really liked how it made the point that home-schoolers don't lack social development. I am home-schooled and sometimes feel that people don't appreciate parents that take the effort to home-school their kids. I also enjoyed the sentence at the beginning of the article, "In elementary school, it may have been cool to tell friends that you had school in your pajamas, but the joke's old." People ask me all the time if I do school in my pajamas! Thanks again!

Kelsey from Minnesota wrote:

I am 16 years old, in 11th grade and have been home-schooled my entire life. It's hard a lot of times. People have such a stereotypical view of home-schoolers. And we have that kind of view of ourselves sometimes, too. But your article was very good. I think it will help home-schoolers see they don't have to fit into a certain mold. They can just be themselves, reach the goals they want to and participate in things just like anybody else. And I think it helps non-home schoolers to see some of the things we struggle with so they can understand us a little more. Thanks so much for the encouraging words and advice!

I loved being home-schooled, so writing about it in an encouraging way was easy. Upon learning of my educational background, people have often said in shock, "YOU were home schooled?!" Yes I was. When understood and used correctly, home education can be a gift.


At 1:28 PM, Blogger Ashleigh said...

I was homeschooled too and so agree that it can be a gift! Ted and I are planning to homeschool our girls.

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Danielle said...

Amen sister! Good article and points. I was homeschooled too, and have also been asked the pajama question.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Should God choose to bless us with children, I totally want to homeschool!

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Meredith said...

Hooray for homeschooling! I am another homeschool graduate in praise of your article! You receive a custom-fit education at your own pace. Plus, you get to know your family pretty darn well.

At 2:10 AM, Blogger Danielle said...

Three cheers for homeschooling! Far from hampering my social skills, homeschooling helped take me from a shy teenager to an outgoing personality be guiding me into situations that challenged those parts of me. In school [through my primary years], I was able to mosey on by without stepping out of my comfort zone...


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