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  1. Hadley


    I’m not going to continue to argue, but I will not apologize for defending the US military against an implicit insult.
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    I’m sorry you feel the need to shame us. My husband has spent multiple years away from his family, fighting for our country. I think I’ve earned the right to defend my own opinions, just as the original poster has hers.
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    I’m generally confused here. One does not simply join a military academy. One is nominated by a congressman and accepted by an academy. If your friend’s child has earned this honor, then you should all celebrate a job well done. He or she must be a terrific student, athlete, and community leader. My husband is a graduate of West Point. He received a phenomenal education from the academy. I’m really at a loss here about how to help you feel better about this without saying anything positive about our years in the army, so I’ll sign off now…
  4. Thank you for being brave enough to state this so eloquently. I know there are those of us here who agree. You are not alone.
  5. Wonderful news! Persistence pays off! Congrats to you both!
  6. I agree. My biological dad had a heart transplant when I was ten. He developed problems after a virus settled in his heart. Unfortunately, these things can happen. I hope people realize that life comes with risk. Everything has risks. It’s all about hedging the best bet some days. I still maintain that Covid is much more dangerous than the vaccine.
  7. I answered yes, but it only applies for the next two weeks. I have homeschooled my senior since first grade. He’s headed to Cornell in the fall😊. I will no longer have a homeschooled student of my own, but I will continue to be active as a teacher in the homeschool community. My students bring me so much joy! Nothing has ever led to greater blessings.
  8. I’ve posted this in the college acceptance thread, but I’ll post it again here as well so that Root Ann has a comprehensive list. Thanks for compiling this! I’ve been reading these threads for years, and they inspired me to stay the path with homeschooling. My son is heading to Cornell University to study mathematics and computer science. He’s dreamed about studying in their math department for years, and has been convinced the school is a good fit for him since he sat in on a couple of classes his junior year. Congratulations to everyone!!
  9. I have a feeling that people haven’t read the whole thread before they respond to this comment... Anyway, I’m bowing out of the discussion now to make dinner. I realize I often hold unpopular opinions on this board. That’s okay. I just pop up every once in a while to let y’all know there are other opinions out here. We just usually stay quiet, or speak in our own echo chambers. Happy discussing!
  10. I think authors are perfectly free to make any and all decisions about their own works. I believe that parents should decide what their five year old children read.
  11. You do you. I don’t want to continue to argue. Neither of us will have a change of mind here. I’m okay with that!
  12. You quoted me before I edited my post. I do understand that this isn’t technically censorship. I should have been more careful with my words. I still don’t like it, and it causes me concern.
  13. I agree with you that is not technically censorship. I just have objections to celebrating anything that even comes close. As I said, I realize I’m in the minority. I can agree to disagree about the bigger issues here. It’s a free country. I taught English in a small town in Texas years ago. It was close to impossible to find a book to teach that didn’t offend someone. My students missed a lot of great works. I’m a fan of teaching how to think, not what to think. Your views may vary, and that is perfectly okay. That’s part of what makes us all human.
  14. The older I get, the less I seem to understand. I am truly shocked to see the majority consensus on a classical education board cheering censorship. If I didn’t read banned books, I’d have missed some great works. This is truly sad to me. I trust people to be able to make their own decisions about what to read or not read. Obviously, I’m in the minority...
  15. My son was just accepted to Cornell early decision, so he just pulled his application to Georgia Tech. We visited the math department last February. It was our last real life experience before the lockdowns :(. We met with a math professor to discuss computer science and math opportunities at GT. She was absolutely wonderful, and very encouraging about our son’s homeschool experience. I have no idea whether my son would have been admitted or not, but I did feel that everyone we talked to on campus was extremely friendly and open to homeschooled students’ applications. Best of luck to your student!!
  16. This is what I did with my only. In elementary, for the content subjects, we read. And we read. And we read. I learned a ton! He seamlessly transitioned into more traditional textbook programs for history and science as he approached middle school. It served us well. My one student is heading to Cornell in the fall😊. I’d encourage you to go for it, and enjoy learning with your littles. The added benefit to this approach is all of the wonderful memories you will make along the way.
  17. My elderly parents in Texas have been without electricity and water since midnight Saturday. I am stuck across the country from them and feel so very helpless... It has been hard to read and listen to all of the blame games and finger pointing, when I really just want for people to get help and be safe. Prayers for everyone in Texas dealing with such awful conditions right now, and a huge thank you to all who have shown such compassion for your fellow man.
  18. I agree with the other posters in that it depends on the school. My son’s university accepts applications by college, and the requirements do vary quite a bit. You are very wise to be thinking about these questions now, while your students are young! Knowledge is power in the college application season!
  19. Full disclosure: My son was just accepted to his dream school early decision. His school does not release detailed statistics about the early decision acceptances. However, keep in mind that at many schools, the ED admissions numbers also include legacy students and student athletes. If you factor out these students at some schools, the ED bump doesn’t appear to be much of a bump at all. As to your original question, there are escape clauses to ED if students cannot make the finances add up.
  20. Thank you so very much for bringing this to my attention. These are wonderful!!
  21. I second both the use of the released College Board tests and the Meltzer reading comprehension books. In addition, my son really got a lot of use from the Panda SAT prep books as well. He liked both the math and the writing books. Good luck to your students!!
  22. I agree that it is worth the drive if it’s at all possible. I so hope your friend’s daughter ends up at a college she loves. This dang pandemic is tough in so many ways.
  23. That really stinks. I’m so very sorry to hear that. College admissions does seem to be based largely on black magic sometimes.
  24. He did not. He was lucky enough to have already taken both the SAT and a couple of subject tests in the fall of his junior year, and did well enough that they sufficed. I will say that we sent in copious homeschool course descriptions and reading lists, and he has worked two computer science internships, has tons of volunteer hours, and has taken and made As in courses from other four-year universities. Additionally, Cornell allowed five letters of recommendation and a professional resume. I felt that the process allowed for us to present a very broad picture of who he is as a student. All that to say, I don’t think applying test-optional would be the end of the world...they really look at many aspects😊
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