Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Home schoolers and ladder climbers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Help! I don't get this one.

Marcel said...

Hmm, I figured it would be a positive relation as well... I guess I don't get it either.

Jake said...

You guys obviously weren't homeschooled. My brother and I both were and we're now in college and both in the top 5% of our class, I have a 4.0, and it is like this for almost all homeschoolers that I know. Most homeschoolers aren't very social, but in general they are VERY smart. I believe that's what this comic is referring to.

Anonymous said...

I gotta agre with jake. My oldest is a workaholic in college, homeschooled all the way thru high school. My younger two started "real" school in high school, and they work their butts off, get great grades, do it all. Their peers just go thru the motions, and if it doesn't get done, oh well . . .

Michelle said...

Howabout this: you'd be more likely to end up with workaholics if less kids went to school...

Likewise, I agree with Jake and Anon. I homeschooled my kids for a substantial amount of time, however, they all eventually went to 'real' school.

They are all academic overachievers, in every way. Very smart kids with personalities that run the gamut.

I'm not one of those people who believe homeschooled kids are all less-social than their mass-educated peers.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

ha ha ha! This one I totally get! I do however take issue with Jake saying "most homeschoolers aren't very social" I homeschool my kids and some days we are so darn busy being social it's hard to fit in the school work. This is true for most homeschoolers I know!

Shards of Glass said...

I'll bet the relationship is actually curvilinear if you factor in teenagers.

The Squeaky Wheel said...

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said... "we are so darn busy being social..."

Uh, yeah... Because most kids are social... with their moms. I think when people talk about being social, they mean with other kids. :-)

Anonymous said...

Gee, Michelle, did you teach your kids grammar? It should be "...fewer kids...." I'd count the punctuation errors in your post, but this is a casual situation. You probably posted in haste. I hope.

Karen Joy said...

I can't say I entirely get this one either; it doesn't quite make sense to me.

We're in our sixth year of homeschooling. I would say that one of the aims of homeschooling is to increase efficiency. IOW, one doesn't have to be a workaholic if one works with focused thought and purpose.

I don't think that homeschooled kids are necessarily smarter, but I do think it's true that for the most part, homeschooled kids are more likely to be taught to think, which can't be said of most other schooling systems.

And, the "homeschoolers aren't properly socialized" argument has been disproven in multiple studies; homeschoolers are more often more adept at effectively socializing with a greater range of both children and adults. This is because they aren't segregated from other ages (or generations), and are less likely to be "socialized" with the concept that the adult is the enemy and to be avoided.

 
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