BarkingUnicorn: rugman11: Yeah, there's no reason a wealthy family couldn't put 12 years worth of education into 6 or 7 years. Especially when you've got only four or five students at a time. The problem is that public schools have to target the median and run a class that doesn't leave anybody behind. Unfortunately, that makes it difficult to let anybody get ahead either.And it's not always a good idea. These kids seem to be doing fine, but they also have a natural, built-in support structure that a lot of students don't have. It worked for them, but I'd hesitate to push it as a recommended course.If public schools teach at the median's pace, won't they leave 50% of kids behind? I think the target is set just above "potato" these days. (Thanks, GW!)This family does not seem wealthy. The only working parent (in a family of 12!) seems to be dad, retired military and a FEMA functionary. Mom claims to be a physician, but I can't find a word about any practice; I don't believe she could earn any significant money as a doctor will tending 10 kids, let alone home-schooling them. She sells phone consultations; maybe that's doing well. Oh, and she writes for "Mormon Times," which is telling but hardly lucrative, I imagine. In any case, she claims to have schooled the kids herself, not hiring expensive tutors.I don't think "1% wealthy" parents would choose home-schooling. Much of their kids' career preparation depends upon schmoozing with other rich brats and their families. (Note that a "career" does not involve productive work, necessarily.)I really don't know what to make of this extreme outlier family. They're selling the message that home-schooling is easy for any (two-parent) family and can produce extraordinary results. Smells like "get rich quick in real estate" seminars.
Aidan: I read a longer version of this article a couple months ago and while I'm hugely interested in knowing how they did it, I have some doubts. It seems to me that younger children learn best by doing things - being able to touch the blocks they're counting, etc. Then at some magic age they resign themselves to learning by book (because that's how we teach). How do you teach a 12 year old by book?This is not an academic question, either. I've got a 7 year old electrical engineer. His toy box is a bunch of legos and the parts for every computer and piece of electronics that we've allowed him to take apart (and some we didn't). But there's a huge cognitive leap between sticking a lightbulb and a battery on a piece of wire and rebuilding a remote control. How does this family do it? I really don't understand.
SarcasticFark: Most people get the socialization of children wrong. You're not raising (most) children to be able to interact with other children...you're raising children INTO adults. Childhood is such a short period in a person's life. Why put so much emphasis on interacting with other children when the goal is to be able to interact positively with the peer group you will spend the vast majority of your life interacting with?
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