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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

SCHOOLIN' THE HOMIES
I recalled this article about home schooling from a few days back, meant to post it. Home schooling: It's not just for whacko religious fanatics anymore!

I'm sure home schooling has its merits. It seems to be an accepted assumption that Florida's school system is way subpar--although I've wondered just how much of it is really the schools, and how much of the blame should go to the students and their parents. If nothing else, the home school option at least gives parents some level of control. The big minus that I see is that a younger child misses out on the socialization aspect of going to a traditional (private or public) school. Day-to-day interaction with others is just as important as classroom instruction, after all.

Still and all, whenever the subject of home schooling comes up, I can't help but be reminded of a news tidbit from some 3-5 years ago, when I was working in the St. Pete Times Sports Department. Don't remember all the details, but it involved some interviews among a crowd of a few hundred people greeting a football team (probably the 'Noles or Gators) as their charter plane landed at like 2AM in the middle of the week. The reporter there noticed a father in the crowd with his two school-age tots, and asked him what was the deal, it being a school night and all. The father replied that it wasn't a problem, as his kids were home schooled by him, and he (seriously!) considered this dead-of-night outing an "educational field trip". Way to prep those kids, Dad! lol