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Letter to the Editor

Friday, October 5, 2007  
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By Special to Opinions

Lydia Carlton

I read the article that was printed this past week in the Talon on homeschoolers and think it is one of the worst pieces on homeschooling I have ever read. What irritated me even more was the thought that it was written by a homeschooler. The entire article was written from a negative, stereotypical point of view. It also spent considerable time on the “extreme homeschoolers,” instead of focusing on the ones that OC students exist with everyday.

I was homeschooled all my life and enjoyed it tremendously. I have now been at OC for six weeks and have made my own way. I have been told by some of my friends that I don’t “act” like a homeschooler; more than likely meaning that I am not a conservative freak and have adapted very well to college life, sometimes even better than my public school friends. I am not “freakishly smart, freakishly religious, or socially inept.” I study, I hang out with my friends, and I try to live my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I do not know where your Special Opinions Writer came from in his home school past, but he has obviously not gotten over the home school stereotypes. What does he mean by, “they’re striving to fit into the world’s definition of “normal” just like anyone else.” When have we decided what the world’s definition of normal is? The author does not even state that in his conclusion, and many homeschoolers I know are quite content with who they are. They are not trying to be “normal” in the world’s eyes. (Though we have yet to find out what that is.) It takes all kinds of people, from all walks of life, with all sorts of experiences to make a world.

The paper should stay clear of biased, stereotypical home school writers who are quite sure that homeschoolers are having a hard time fitting into the world. Please understand that homeschoolers do not live under rocks, and are quite aware of what is going on in the world.

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