Kimberly Johnson Trouy 
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Re: “Rick Santorum, homeschoolers hate their children, despise American exceptionalism

Wow. In my home, where we homeschool, we learn to appreciate the differences of others, and we certainly do NOT learn to stereotype. We do not homeschool because of religious preferences, and I surely am not trying to hide scientific theories from my children. We often use many of the same books found in traditional schools, but we take it a step farther. We delve deeper. We use many different sources, and we look at alternative opinions.
If I am teaching my children what the schools are teaching them (and so much more), why do I homeschool, you ask? Simple. They are my children. I want to raise them. That is NOT the same thing as shielding them from the world. We are out in the world together. Why do I want to send them to an institution for 8+ hours a day, when 1/2 of that day is spent doing busy work? Do you watch the news? Have you talked to teachers? When the teachers themselves do not like what is going on in the schools, why should I send my children there? I want to be there for their "ah-ha" moments, I want to witness their moments of discovery. Quite simply, I love to teach them, and I love to see them learn.
Hunger for knowledge? Are you kidding me? The great thing about homeschooling is that we have the time to satisfy our hunger for knowledge! To graduate high school, you need between 21-23 credits. My children complete 28-31 credits, many of the electives are their choice. And by choice, I don't mean choosing between the 3-4 offered at the school, I mean in all the world of choices, they choose.
I am teaching my children how to think, how to study, where to find knowledge, and encourage their curiosity. Do you think they will find that in schools? Do you think a teacher will expand the curriculum to satisfy the growing curiosity of the student? NO! They have to move on to the next thing, like it or not. Homeschooling gives us the flexibility to keep studying a topic if we choose. When I introduced ancient Egypt to my children a few years back as part of an ancient civilizations series, it was supposed to last 6 weeks. Well, guess what...we spent 18 months on ancient Egypt because they couldn't get enough! And, no, we did not just forgo the other topics...we just expanded our day...because they WANTED to. How is that for "hunger for knowledge"?
As far as college is concerned, my oldest scored a 28 on his ACT, and will be attending the university of his choice this fall with several scholarships under his belt.
So, before you go lumping all homeschoolers into one category, you should do some research. Or, at the very least, you should get to know some, and not spout off nonsense based on your faulty perceptions.

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Posted by Kimberly Johnson Trouy on June 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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