Letter to the editor: Home schooling has numerous

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    Sarah Bringhurst

    The recent viewpoint article, “More to school than classes” made a reasonable, if obvious observation that education should include “social skills, well-roundedness and diversity.”

    However, the assertion that homeschooling does not provide this is unfounded. In reality, homeschooling can provide many opportunities for socialization, development of creativity, and real-life experiences. I have been homeschooled all my life, and am now enjoying my first “school” experience here at BYU.

    Homeschooling is much more than just reading texbooks and memorizing. In fact, it gave me many unique opportunities that would not have been available to me if I had chosen to go to school. Homeschooling allowed me to study what I was interested in, as in-depth as I wanted to, at my own pace, without having to stay with a class. I helped teach my younger siblings how to read and play the piano, did a lot of creative writing and visited rest homes as the accompanist of a local opera singer.

    Some aspects of socialization did pass me by. I didn’t live with peer pressure, cliques or gangs. Instead, I focused on positive involvement in Seminary, 4-H, and a capella Renaissance choir, as well as science, geography, literary and debate clubs with other homeschoolers.

    Homeschooling is an educational choice that allows us to learn in the way that is best for us. It should be accepted, not as a radical replacement for public schools, but as a personal alternative for those who wish to take a more active role in their own education.

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