On one hand this is really cool. On the other hand it would be nice for the kids
to have a childhood. You spend most of your life being an adult. Not a criticism
on my part, just a thought. Sounds like they learned well though. Good luck to
Well done! At home you can eliminate waste and focus on the essentials of
learning. I think this family should be used as a model for public education to
observe what can be done when you do it right.I home school my
children as well. One thing we do differently in our family is begin by scoring
well on AP tests. This knocks out some college courses for $89 per course. Then
take the ACT and try to enroll in college. Regarding childhood. I
think we have created a counter-productive expectation of "childhood".
It involves wasting time and not having any real goals. Setting goals and
reaching them is fun. Being productive is fun. Knowing that by the age of 22
you'll be able to support a family with no college debt is fun. Being
responsible is fun. That is what I teach to my children.
While this is impressive, I think we too often confuse acceleration with
achievement.Students who are pushed ahead academically are often
lacking in other social and emotional skills they need to be successful. Doing
it faster and younger often does not lead to greater things later. Why the
This family is brilliant!As far as the concern that the child may have no
childhood, I say, a child's childhood is over once they are at the age of
understanding. Yes, for some kids this age is different, though generally it is
around the age of 4 or 5. They become introduced to the concepts of life upon
entering school. Why prolong them from accepting the reality of life until
later in life? The sooner the better. This way we don't have adult children
who cause pain to many!It is a concern though they may not be the most
socially adept. You must think though, If their daughter is in the Navy
she's probably pretty well off in being able to socialize. Kids
don't need barbies and all these insignificant agendas surrounding them.
Help them to accept the reality of life so that they may have an easier time the
next 60 - 80 years of their life.
This is a great example of what home schooling achieves. I've read before
that home schooled kids outperform public schooled, most of the time. Look at
the advantages: a feeling of a safe and supportive environment. No competing for
attention by other students. No competing in what one is wearing. (This helps in
parochial schools.) No long bus rides, meaning wasted, and sometimes dangerous,
time spent. Lessons in everyday living, that can't be learned in a
classroom. And parents who know the student better than any outside teacher
does. They do get time in group activities and have friends. I agree, there has
been too much emphasis for too long on encouraging children to remain children,
instead of learning what is necessary to be an adult. Commercial interest took
away parents responsibility by appealing to youth, simply to make more money.
They have created adults, who act like children, who live for themselves, in
Great parents, great kids, great story.I wish there were more people
who valued education and real achievement **and** the kind of devotion to the
real work that it requires, as much as this family obviously does.There are millions of equally bright and capable children sitting, unmotivated
and uneducated, in hundreds of thousands of public school class rooms with the
same potential for achievement as these lucky few but who lack the same adult
leadership is their lives.There are also many thousands of various
types of education "leaders", particularly those in teacher union
leadership, who simply could not care less and who stand in opposition to the
many other thousands who earnestly yearn to see our education system become more
effective and more honest.Sadly, as in so many other cases of
misplaced priorities, it is the children who pay the price. And ultimately and
inevitably, of course, so do we all.
I could see an education model that gives the responsibility back to families.
There are certainly many more resources available to families than ever before.
Public education could focus on providing the resources for individual learning
instead of on providing a teacher and classroom for group learning. Maybe the
transition period would best include some of both. Seems a lot less expensive
for the public; shifting the expense burden to the individual and family. Even
in the current education model kids whose parents are more involved are more
likely to do well.
There should be an age requirement to take college classes. One or two years
early is fine. This is extreme.
This would not be possible in Australia -until you reach adulthood you cannot
enter university without prerequisites in certain subjects. And I do think some
US college courses are far too easy (I did my Masters in the US).