"Daniel studies from the time he wakes up until the sun sets, and
his studies are paying off."
I am sure that his studies ARE paying off. I highly doubt that Daniel studies from sunup until sundown. What makes me doubt this is that his mother mentions his love of baseball and the fact that he has many interests.
I resent the journalist fostering an attitude toward homeschooled kids as bizarre children who do nothing but schoolwork from the time they arise until the time they are sent to bed. It's not that way - let us at least be honest.
I have enough problems fielding bizarre accusations from well meaning people without this journalist throwing his own bias into the mix - thank you very much. Accusations, glaringly said with an all-knowing tone, including (but not limited to) these things:
*My children are 'isolated'.
*My children do nothing but schoolwork.
*Strange attitudes toward different bed and wake times.
*Nasty remarks about leisurely eating our breakfast of oatmeal in our pajamas at a later hour than they think we ought.
*Strange remarks about not being able to stand being around their kids very much.
Here is a news flash! I'm going to be brutally honest - as a Grizzly Mama should be.
My kids are 100X more well adjusted than ANY public schooled kid that I have EVER had the occasion to meet. My kids are 100X more involved in their community than ANY public schooled kid that I have EVER had the occasion to meet. My kids are 100X more physically active than ANY etc... My kids have 100X more contact with other children and in various situations than ANY etc... My kids have 100X more contact with a variety of supportive adults than ANY etc...My kids absorb 100X more information in ONE HOUR with me than ANY etc...
ENOUGH with this mis-characterization of homeschoolers as whackos. We like our kids - okay? It's not strange. Many people like their children. Most parents want what is best for their children. Homeschoolers have just taken the bull by the horns and accepted the responsibility for educating their children. What young Daniel has achieved is achievable by most youngsters who have a higher standard set for them. And no....they will NOT need to study from sunup to sundown.