The Homeschooling Debate – it’s not all about religion.

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Welcome, Romeikes! Every day we have new folks come across our borders – all kinds – good and bad. People like the Romeikes are the kind of people we want in our country. They have values, are hard-working, have education, are culturally evolved, and most of all, they care enough for their children to want more for them. Our family has experienced both public school and homeschooling. Our older two went through 13 years of public school. They are wonderful people – hard-working, talented, innovative, and have good moral character. Their school years were trying for them, but they survived by staying on the fringe, purposely not trying to stand out, having a small handful of friends, and just trying to get by without incident, keeping up good grades. They were tired and depressed at the end of the day, and didn’t have energy to pursue their dreams. They did not blossom until they left that part of their lives behind.
I have often regretted that I did not homeschool them, but when they started school I was young, had only a high school education, and I listened when people told me that it wouldn’t be “fair” to them. A few years later, I realized I should have taken the chance, but by then they were already entrenched in public school.
Our youngest daughter (several years younger), in contrast, was homeschooled from third through the tenth grade, when she tested into a four year accredited college. Because she was bright and motivated, she not only kept up with her school work, but when it was done for the day, she found time to invest in other projects of interest to her future. At 11 she started her own little newsletter, which she delivered by hand to over 300 businesses and individuals, who supported it by buying ads. She was a Girl Scout, danced with her dance teacher at promotional events, had a pin-on button business with equipment that she bought with money she earned… She donated almost $1,000 to the victims of 911 by selling buttons for that cause, keeping no profit for herself. She started taking some dance and vocal classes at college when she was 12, and by the time she started college at 16 as a full-time student, she was already assisting the dance teacher and taking
over classes if the teacher had to be absent. She graduated from a four year college course in 3 1/2 years at 19 years of age with the highest gradepoint average in her class. She has gone on to perform professionally, mainstage with the Disney Cruiseline for three contracts on the ship and more, numerous regional professional theatres, and is constantly working, living the dream in NYC and loving her life.
Having seen both sides I can honestly say that most public school children turn out to be fine upstanding folks, and that most homeschooled children do too. I do feel that there should be some accountability. In our case, I kept an indepth daily journal with every class activity, inside and outside projects, running GPA, and so forth. That would have been my defense in case someone challenged us on what we were doing. Our daughter was so much in the public eye, though, and always working for some cause or volunteering, that folks just admired rather than complained.
I cannot comdemn others for wanting the best for their children. If all of us just had a little more sympathy for others instead of being so quick to judge, the world would be a better place.   I welcome the Romeikes and I believe their family will be working hard to prove their loyalty and will take pride in America.
Of all the people who are crossing our borders, to persecute a family like this would be a travesty.

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