PragerU: School Choice Saved My Life

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8 Responses to PragerU: School Choice Saved My Life

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Excellent video. I see two things that made her successful along with her own striving. One was school choice and the other was her aunt’s interest in her education.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    I hope these schools will teach real history and science.

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  3. John Denney says:

    Good parents will nurture their children to help them develop their full potential.

    For my son, born more than three months prematurely, homeschooling worked out very well. He was so fragile (had to be hospitalized for a week at the Mayo Clinic for just a cold!) that we had to keep him and ourselves isolated at home for his first three years until he was sturdy enough to be exposed. During all that cabin fever time, just the three of us, we read to him lots, played and sang music, played games and puzzles, etc.

    Driving him to pre-school when he was about 4, he was babbling rhythmically. “What is that?”, I asked.

    “I’m counting to ten in Japanese!”

    “Oh, is one of your classmates Japanese and taught you?”

    “No, I read it on a poster!”

    He showed me the poster when we arrived. Sure enough, he had indeed read it correctly and memorized it.

    He started kindergarten early, already knowing how to read, write, and count past 100, but after a few months his teachers strongly encouraged us to pull him out and start him again the following year because he was too young and immature.

    “But he already knows so much, and he’ll know even more by next year, and you want us to put him into kindergarten again????”

    “Well, just don’t teach him anymore.”

    Wrong answer.

    Friends at church encouraged us to homeschool, which was a completely foreign idea to us, but it was a great solution, even through High School, at which a critic wailed, “you’re depriving him! What about Prom???”

    He took a girl he’d met at church to HER prom.

    We bolstered his High School curriculum with courses at a local Junior College, where he accumulated 35 credits by the time he graduated from High School. He continued there for his Freshman and Sophomore years (becoming President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society) before transferring to a full university.

    This fall he starts his senior year at university to get his degree in Computer Science. He’s been working at a small high tech company nearly five years now, and has been working in their software development group a couple of years. The whole company loves him.

    Last summer he went on a mission trip to an orphanage in the Philippines; one member of the team, Juan, was a graduate of a Nicaraguan orphanage run by the same organization (founded by his Prom date’s Father). He and my son bonded, and last month my son flew to Nicaragua on his own dime to be a groomsman in Juan’s wedding.

    The kid’s got so many irons in the fire, living such a rich, full life, I can’t keep track, but he still loves his Mom and I, recognizes all we’ve poured into him, and is truly grateful for all we’ve done for him.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      What a great story! What a great kid! Public School would only have held him back. You definitely did the right thing. 🙂

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    • stella says:

      Which only bolsters my opinion that school choice is a good thing. The young lady in the video obviously had no educational support in her home, and if not for her god mother she would have finished school with very little education at all.

      You are two well-educated parents who helped your son to do his best. The same is true for me and my daughter, and what she and her husband do for their sons. Unfortunately, not all children are that fortunate.

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