Comments about ‘'Virtual' public schools draw interest of religious families’

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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 3:15 p.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

The best way to build up immunity is exposure. Our 'hand sanitiser' society is not doing anybody any favours in its' attempts at isolation. Same thing goes here.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Exposure? Tell that to the families of children who commit suicide due to bullying.

For all the negative rap homeschooling gets, particularly concern about social development, I can think of a host of social behaviors I'd rather my kids not pick up at school--swearing, bullying, disrespect to elders, drug and sex pressures, and "everyone in my class has one but me" gimmes to name a few.

Not to mention all the lovely illnesses they seem to bring home on a weekly basis because parents won't keep their sick kids home.

My main reason for supporting homeschooling is the fact that public school curriculum is so beneath children's capabilities. My parents made huge financial sacrifices in order to send my siblings and me to private school, and because of my experiences there I know for a fact kids are capable of understanding concepts and performing tasks well beyond the opportunities provided them in public school, where expectations are geared toward the lowest common denominator.

I am looking at various options for my own kids' education--charter schools, private school, and even homeschooling. After our experiences this year, public school will no longer be an option.

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