Real school reform: homeschooling

Real school reform: homeschooling

Thomas Jefferson_by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800.jpg - wikipediaApril 28, 2013

By John Seiler

Public schools are a disaster, especially in California. Plummeting test scores, not enough kids going into math and science so we have to import workers in those areas, rising costs, violence, gangs, bullying, exploding pensions busting budgets.

But here’s an inspiring story:

“A mother who home-schools her ten children in Montgomery, Alabama, has opened up about how six of them began their college degrees by the age of 12.

“Those of the Harding siblings who have already graduated from college have gone on to become a doctor, an architect, a spacecraft designer and a master’s student. Another two — 12 and 14-years-old — are still finishing up their degrees….

“Hannah was the first to take her college entrance exams – at the young age of 12. ‘I didn’t expect to pass,’ the 24-yead-old told ‘So I started crying, because I was thinking, “Now what?”‘

“She passed the exam and, at just 17, became Auburn University Montgomery’s youngest ever graduate, obtaining a BS in mathematics.”

This makes sense. Some of the greatest geniuses in history were home-schooled:

George Washington
Ben Franklin
James Madison
Thomas Jefferson
Patrick Henry
George Washington Carver
Leonardo da Vinci
St. Joan of Arc
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
John Philip Sousa


The whole family must be brilliant, right? Pop is a brain surgeon who moonlights as a constitutional law professor? Mom is a rocket scientist who, in her spare time, is world chess champion?

Nope. They’re just regular folks.

“But despite the Hardings’ incredible achievements at such young ages, their parents — Mona Lisa and Kip — insist they are a family of ‘average folks’ who simply find and cultivate their children’s passions early on….

“Still, despite the exceptional talents of her brood, Mona Lisa — who studied to become a nurse before staying at home to educate her kids — said: ‘I don’t have any brilliant children. I’m not brilliant.’…

“The mother-of-ten also explained that her husband, who flew helicopters in the army and didn’t graduate college until 25, is not brilliant either. ‘We’re just average folks,’ she insists….

“But the Harding children insist they are not geniuses. Instead, they credit their achievements to home-schooling, as well as a concentrated focus on their passions, which their parents taught them to hone in on from an early age.

“‘By the time you get down to number five, number six, they just think learning seems normal,’ Mona Lisa said of her children.”

How they do it

So, how do these average-intelligence parents raise smart kids?

“‘We find out what their passions are, what they really like to study, and we accelerate them gradually.’

“For Serenneh, that passion was medicine. The 22-year-old is currently on her way to becoming a Navy doctor – which will make her one of the youngest physicians in American history.

“Younger sister Rosannah, now 20, became a fully-fledged architect at the age of 18.

“And Heath, who graduated from Huntingdon College at 15, will have completed his master’s in computer science just after his 17th birthday.”

Emphasizing what the kids are interested in — what a concept!

Contrast that with the “one size fits all” curriculum imposed on kids in government schools — and in most private and parochial schools, too.

In the government schools, the curriculum is cooked up by distant bureaucrats and lawyers with the U.S. Supreme Court, lower courts, the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education, the California Legislature and the teachers’ unions.

Parents have no say — except to pull their kids from these schools for scandal and teach them at home.

And if you teach your kids at home, they not only get an excellent academic education and can go to college at 12 or 15, they also avoid: gangs, bullying, drugs, government brainwashing propaganda.

Everybody else is behind

“‘It makes you wonder,’ Wesley Jimmerson, Seth’s college friend, mused. ‘Are they advanced, or are we just really behind?'”

Everybody else, of course is way behind. Here we are in the 21st century, in a highly advanced digital economy, and government schools still are run like factories, because they were set up that way in the industrial age 150 years ago. Do we still drive around in horses and buggies and run the economy on steam engines? Of course not. Then why do we run schools with antiquated methods?

“In fact, Mona Lisa and Kip are convinced that all children have the capacity to learn at the rate theirs have.

“The couple have written a book to illustrate their teaching method and launched a website detailing their unique approach.

“The book, called College By 12, is said to feature ‘lots of tips of how you can simplify your homeschooling’, as well as ‘testimonies of how God has worked in our lives’.”

Oops! They mentioned the G-word, banned five decades from government schools. Should we bring God back to the government schools, perhaps with a school-prayer amendment to the U.S. Constitution that conservatives always are backing. No. That’s playing the government’s game.

So what should be done?

First, get your own kids out of the government schools. Plan for next September.

Next, abolish the government schools entirely, including eliminating truancy laws, return the tax money to parents, and produce geniuses from homeschooling.


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  1. Free State of Jefferson
    Free State of Jefferson 28 April, 2013, 02:49

    Thanks for the tip! Just ordered my copy of Mona Lisa’s book.


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  2. Barb
    Barb 28 April, 2013, 18:22

    Great story and I completely agree! Both my nieces are homeschooling and are teaching in this manner! They have great kids! My sister was a teacher (she’s retired) and is also assisting with their curriculum. It’s a great compliment to a wonderful learning environment. They practice strong christian values and make sure the children have social activities outside their studies. I’m confident they will go far!

    Again, thanks for the story!

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  3. us citizen
    us citizen 28 April, 2013, 18:29

    You cant teach a class when half of them dont know English

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 29 April, 2013, 07:55

    Khan An entire free education from grade school to masters level math. There are dozens of web sites with free education online. Public libraries have rooms full of books for teaching children. All free.
    Take your kids out of the union controlled free kill zones that are the public schools in the USSA.

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  5. Hondo
    Hondo 29 April, 2013, 08:18

    I ask my liberal friends here, how can the parents possibly do a worse job of teaching our kids. The public schools in Boston taught the bombers to hate Amerika. The T bros are the end products of hate amerika, leftest, union controlled, public education.
    Someone prove me wrong here.

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