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So my daughter took the SAT today.  The woman administering the test looked at her entrance ticket (which indicated she was homeschooled) and said, "Are you going to college?"

 

She politely answered, "Yes, I am."

 

The woman responded in confusion, "Oh, I didn't know homeschoolers did that."

 

 

 

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My suggestion for a future conversation like this was, "Yes, I am.  I only scored a 1590 last time.  I'm trying for a perfect 1600 this time."

 

 

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Ha, ha. That is funny. :laugh: Being immersed in the homeschool world, I'm surprised to hear a comment like that. It feels like every should have already heard that homeschoolers go to college.

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I presume you realize she'll only be good in science if she grew up on a farm, right?   :lol:

 

It is amazing what some folks don't know in this day in age, but we'll continue on breaking stereotypes!

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Yes, it reminds me of the battles I had with the local director of guidance over AP's. He wanted to see me in person each time to register so he'd have a chance to rant on me how a homeschooled kid couldn't possibly take an AP exam because we're not capable of that level of work.

 

Then I wrote him a polite letter and sent him a copy of my oldest's SAT scores, which I knew were higher than any kid in his high school because they list the National Merit kids in the local paper.

 

He's VERY nice to me now, and said he'd meet us in the security office to personally escort my youngest to her AP's.

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My DD got "You're only 10? You must be one of those homeschooled kids!" from one of the high school seniors she was taking the SAT with in November. I guess it evens out...

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Or, "There's a lot you don't know" with wide-eyes and mysterious head nod.

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Maybe I'm not in a very good mood this morning, but that kind of remark makes me mad.  Insulting and unnecessary.  

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The head of counseling at the local school won't let anyone outside the school (or her own sophomores) take the PSAT. When I asked her if homeschoolers could get her permission to take it with "her" kids (juniors), she seemed genuinely perplexed because homeschoolers can't (don't?) go to college. I can't remember which word she used. I just remember blessing her heart & calling the school the next district over, who said it was fine for us to join the very small handful of kids who take it at their school.

 

So, yes, very familiar with this thought.

 

Even one of the local homeschool moms who only has little right now wondered how we were going to get the kids in college -- they have to take the GED, right?  :crying:

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The head of counseling at the local school won't let anyone outside the school (or her own sophomores) take the PSAT. When I asked her if homeschoolers could get her permission to take it with "her" kids (juniors), she seemed genuinely perplexed because homeschoolers can't (don't?) go to college. I can't remember which word she used.

 

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Even one of the local homeschool moms who only has little right now wondered how we were going to get the kids in college -- they have to take the GED, right?  :crying:

 

My mind has been wondering if perhaps folks should copy a couple of years of our college acceptance threads and have them available to hand out to these people.

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If the woman's only experience is with homeschoolers from certain circles, I can't blame her for assuming this. How is she supposed to know?

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Regentrude does make a point. Around here it would not be so much, "Home schoolers go to college?" But, "Home schooled girls go to college?" It is unfortunate, but there are a lot of the fundamentalist type homeschooling parents in our area and girls are not only prevented from attending college, but from getting a high school education, so I can see how some of the proctors for the ACT and SAT would be a bit shocked to see a home schooled female. However, they still would know that home schoolers go to college in general because so many of the boys do. Even in the most conservative families a lot of them have acquiesced to the idea because their family businesses and farms have tanked so they can't offer future employment to their sons.

 

Now if this happened in Kalamazoo, Mi, I have to admit that I would be shocked. There is a huge, academics first, type home school contingency in that area with a LOT of home schooled high schoolers taking coursework at Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo College, etc. Our boy that will be attending Western has found not a single person who batted an eyelash at him for being a home schooled graduate. Totally normal there, and the students perform so well at the college level that I think the opposite might be true of proctors and instructors there, "What? You are a home schooled student that didn't go to college or struggles with math?" LOL, completely different climate.

 

Shockingly, my sons weren't raised on a farm and are fantastic in the sciences. Hmmm...possibly it was the years of farm sitting for a couple of local livestock and horse owners that must have "fixed" them.   :D

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Maybe I'm not in a very good mood this morning, but that kind of remark makes me mad.  Insulting and unnecessary.  

 

I agree.  Completely unnecessary and discriminating.  I am glad it didn't rattle your daughter right before the big test.  That is the kind of thing that would have thrown me off at that age, so kudos to her for not letting it get to her. 

 

My mind has been wondering if perhaps folks should copy a couple of years of our college acceptance threads and have them available to hand out to these people.

 

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That's so bizarre! I forget sometimes that there are people that don't know. We live in small town, middle-America where our local CC proctors the ACT tests, and they not only know homeschoolers go to college, they court them (and even have a homeschool scholarship category). 

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I'm so confused where you all live. I'm in rural Iowa and I can't picture someone making that remark to me in 2016. Ten years ago, yes, but now? No. When DS took ACTs this past spring he knew three or four other testing as well.

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We are in a very small town in PA. We are the only family homeschooling primarily for academic reasons (poor quality of local public school, no private school options). The homeschoolers in our area are homeschooling for primarily religious reasons and most want to meet the minimum requirements for high school graduation. The majority are not on a college track.

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DD didn't hear much of that until last year when she started her sport. Other girls AND their parents were genuinely surprised that she could go to college since she'd been homeschooled the whole way through (and we didn't use one of the public-school-at-home virtual schools). Last year, I received a lot of "Oh, it's a shame she won't be able to do-this-sport in college..." type comments. Continuing the conversations, each parent would explain that they'd thought homeschoolers just "didn't believe" in college, or "weren't able to go" to college, and they'd passed along this misinformation to their daughters. 80% of the team attend private schools. We just realized that dd happens to have the highest ACT score on the team too. harrumph. My daughter unable to go to college, indeed. :glare:

 

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If the woman's only experience is with homeschoolers from certain circles, I can't blame her for assuming this. How is she supposed to know?

 

This. I don't know many homeschoolers locally who go to college. If they do, it is the local CC, and they don't take the ACT or SAT for that. Many are quite vocal about not wanting their dc to "chase a meaningless piece of paper" (now you all know why I spent so much time on here when dc were growing up!) 

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Yeah, we have hsers here who don't think much of higher ed for girls.  :glare:

 

My girls learned to answer "What year are you?" up at the college just to say "Sophomore". It was too confusing to explain that they were sophomores in HIGH SCHOOL not college because then they'd get the "How can you take college classes?" gig. My oldest was the first to take a college class at all--no one at the high school had ever done it, and certainly not at 15. It took a month to get her registered. 

 

Ds couldn't get away with that because he looked like he was 10.  :laugh:  But, by that time, folks were used to the kids being there.

 

Oldest dd talked to a prof one day about missing class for All-State Orchestra. "But, WHY would you be going to a high school thing?" "Because I'm in high school?" "Oh, you've been here for forever." Well, really she only joined the orchestra at 10. 

 

I loved the comment from the admissions guy at Mines: "Now, I'm talking to you hsers. I know you all have a zillion college credits and we love that! Just don't graduate or you'll be a transfer and we won't take you."

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