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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Underachievers U.

A friend sent this email and link yesterday:

11 year old homeschooler goes to college...

My (smart-ass) email back to her?

Yes, college----where within 2 weeks, I'd lost my virginity, did my first beer funnel and smoked pot. That is EXACTLY what I'd want for my 11 year old! ; )

I'll stick with slow and steady, thankyouverymuch.


I've been thinking a lot about our goals for homeschooling, especially with the start of the school year just ahead of us. I vacillate between excitement and terror that my daughter's first-grade education is in my hands.

My goal right now is to just make it through the year with her interest in learning, experiencing and discovering intact. Oh, and it'd be great to still like each other by year's end.

My goals do not involve Belly earning a Ph.D by 16.

She's growing up way too fast as it is.

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Blogger Mary Alice said...

snort. Yes, I agree, there is plenty of time for being a "grown up" without shortening childhood to rush right in.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

You waited to college? :)

Man and weighed the option of sending Einey or keeping her back a year due to her birthday last year.

And what exactly do those 15 year olds with degrees do? Nothing as they are too young to get a job!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

What Whirlwind said: by college, whoo, it had been a while.
I don't get the itty-bitty grown-ups movement - we have a No Child Prodigies rule in our house, which is working well for us.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous mcewen said...

I'm certainly with you there. They really do grow up too fast. [My eldest is 26]
Best wishes

1:31 PM  
Anonymous pinks & blues girls said...

I'd totally be one of those people yelling, "FREAK!" at the 11-year-old braniac walking on campus.

Then I'd go cry in my dorm room over my severe inadequacy.

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

P.S. That was a lie - I'd only yell, "Freak!" behind her back.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous pinks & blues girls said...

OK, now I watched that video and feel like a total jerk. That kid is so innocent! Now I just want to protect him from this harsh world we live in! Damn these "time of the month" hormones.

Jane, P&B Girls

1:56 PM  
Anonymous uumomma said...

yup i agree also...
but i must know ..did she respond?


2:08 PM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Eleven year old drops acid and sees the baby Jeebus!

2:22 PM  
Blogger NotSoSage said...

Amen. I don't get why anyone would want their kid to have a springboard into adulthood.

I have always wanted to homeschool. It would never happen because I'm the primary bread-earner in my family, but I would otherwise be deeply committed to it. Which is easy to say because I never will. Otherwise I'd be peeing my pants for fear of that responsibility.

3:08 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Hard to believe it, but I have a strong opinion on this. My son is profoundly gifted. He's got a one in a million IQ. He's one of those kids that could have easily moved onto college at an early age. But emotionally, and socially, it would have been a disaster. We know of MANY other very gifted kids with the same issues. These kids are often hot house flowers. They bloom very early, and then they just fade away.

Pushing them to college and beyond isn't necessarily the right thing for them, but it is for the parents. Now I know NOTHING about Huntington college, other than I've never heard of it, but I would bet my bottom dollar that it's a christian fundamentalist school and it allows this family to push their kids through their institution for the publicity, the tuition, and in the hopes that more parents with gifted kids will consider sending their kids there early.

The very top schools RARELY if ever take kids that young. Harvard has no interest in them. Either does MIT or any of the other IVYs. That's because there is a social life in those schools (well, MIT is questionable) and they expect the kids to partake of ALL parts of the college society. These Christian colleges don't have much in the way of party hearty life.

Plus, the big schools have been burned so many times by the whole hothouse flower thing. My friend, whose husband is a full prof at Harvard, worked hard to convince me not to radically accelerate my son. He's accelerated, but he'll graduate at 16, which is reasonable. And then he's taking a couple of years off to GROW UP before he does go off to college.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Alex Elliot said...

Why the rush? You have your whole life to work. Actually my dad graduated high school at 16 and medical school at 19 and he is very opposed to accelerating kids. He had a terrible time socially. Also, when he was a young doctor, he didn't have the life experience to allow him to empathize with his patients.

4:45 PM  
Blogger AnotherMomCreation said...

Yeah, I'm with you FOM, I don't want my Dd in College at an early age. She'd be ostrasized, and trying even harder to fit in. No thanks....

11:14 AM  

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