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Would you ever homeschool your children?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 22, 2011

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“I’d probably say no. They need the experience of being out and dealing with people in another environment.”

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“I wouldn’t. There are things they’ve got to learn they can’t get at home.”

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“I don’t know. When that time comes I guess then I’ll know. Depends where other kids are at that point.”

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David Roberts 2 years, 7 months ago

We've had our kids in public school, homeschool, and private school. We always tried to evaluate what our kids needed and what we thought we could handle and used whatever resources were available.

Of course, my background was in education, so I recognize that not all parents can do that. But there are educational co-ops that help too.

On the subject of socialization, it really depends on the situation. I believe homeschool students have more flexibility and options to develop socially, but only if they take advantage of those opportunities.

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ThePilgrim 2 years, 7 months ago

We home schooled our daughters for two years because one of them finished first grade and could not read. The teacher was trying a new curriculum where she let the child learn the words that they wanted to (not kidding). Kids in the class could read, write, and spell "Tyrannosaurus Rex" but not "what", "the", etc. I mentioned at a conference that my daughter did not know the word "and". The teacher said,"'and' is such an abstract word...".

Homeschooling now is a non-issue with the K-12 program. Kids study the curriculum at home, it is paid for by the school system, it is legit with certified teachers. And, from experience with several people I know who have their kids in it, students are much better perpared for college.

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Prairielander 2 years, 7 months ago

I believe in the value of public education, but it's not for everyone. Home school would not be my first option, unless I lived in a remote area. I like the idea of my kids getting exposed to everything (good and bad) that comes with the schools. For the most part, it's a pretty controlled exposure. I do still worry about some nut with a gun pulling a Columbine or VaTech, but that could happen anywhere, not just at school. Plus, I think the extracurriculars that come with the schools (sports, music, dances, etc.) are experiences that can't be duplicated.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 7 months ago

Anything other than sending them to government prisons, err, schools.

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KS 2 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't send my kids to public school for all the tea in China. One can readily tell from most of the comments above as to why! They don't need that type of socialization.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Home schoolers can do a fine job, and many do. We should not denigrate their efforts. Those who choose home schooling are still paying to support public education; they just don't use the service, at least for a few years. Most kids return to public school sometime. The best and worse schools in Kansas are home schools. Because there is no regulation (and I don't believe there ever will be) there is no way to tell which is which. This is why home schooled children are technically 'truant' and school officials should report them annually. Nothing happens in nearly all of these cases, but in the rare instances where the child is being used for child care, labor around the plantation or some other suspect activity, the schools are protected if/when the truth about a particular home 'school' comes out. Leave the home schoolers alone and support their efforts to do what they think is best.

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LoveThsLife 2 years, 7 months ago

Homeschooling does have it's benefits, when done right kids get through subjects at a greater speed with a deeper understanding. However, I've seen some home-schooled kids wind up being no-school kids.

I think I'll end up sending my kids to public school. Mainly because I think that there are benefits to doing so. I want my kids to be exposed to other's ideas and views and not just my own. As parents we tend to teach our children from the lens of our own life experience, I want my kids to be confronted with other's life experiences as well.
I've seen a lot of very conservative Christian home schoolers, and while I respect their beliefs, I do wonder how their kids are going to handle being exposed to opposing view points as some point. I mean regardless of someone's view point on evolution, it's an important concept to study and understand because it has really changed the way science views life. Even if someone is a creationist, in my opinion, they should still understand the opposing view. I don't think a home school education could really satisfactorily dig into those kind of opposing views if a parent was set on one viewpoint. I hope that makes sense. In addition, I want my kids to learn how to negotiate conflict and deal with the real world issues they will have to face at some point.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

BABBOY (anonymous) says…

No.

I am very annoyed......" -10.02 a.m.

And?....What else is knew my friend?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

tangy, You need to watch "The Wild And Wonderful Whites of West Virginia"

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tange 2 years, 7 months ago

We've all got 'em. Viral DNA finding its way out of that cradle of civilization, rural Appalachia, infecting us all. Can't vaccinate against it, but sometimes you can chemotherapize it with sustained, near-toxic blood alcohol levels. At least, that's the theory. Saw RET post bits of the reunion the other day, and already put in my order for a copy.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 7 months ago

I done seed Spacehog standin there in his KC Chiefs jacket. Least you didn't have to go far, just a jaunt to the east over in Quantrillville. See.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

All my kin am homeschooled. I'm still recovering from the family reunion last weekend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX0F1fGEfKA

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riverdrifter 2 years, 7 months ago

No, but I homeschool labrador retrievers. I've got one now and she's a lock-down Rhodes Scholar. And, without guns, alcohol and immoral influences life would suck. Say no prayers for me, Lucifer has done led my soul away. -10 days to dove season.

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bolshavik_vw 2 years, 7 months ago

If I had children, yes I would. This decision has nothing to do with religion. It is due to my horrbile experiences in the public school. I would teach them all of academics, and then of course go above and beyond this. They would get weekly trips to the Musuems,Libraries, and once a month we would go somewhere where they would learn about life. I would want my kids to be kids, well rounded, down to earth, at the same time, not be afraid to ask about anything they are unsure of. I would encourage my kids to take Martial Arts, (Especially the girls.). Because if my kids ever went through a fraction of what I did, I would never let them spend a day in the public school system, especially when it is going down the tubes, faster than the speed of light. Thanks to our Governor.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 7 months ago

Roe, "leaving it go 4 weeks" You know darn well the only water that lawn got in 4 weeks, was you and the dog doing late night spot irrigation, and the day the missus made you do the yearly power wash of the outhouse woodwork. :)

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

Only until they lose their dogteeth.

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boxers_or_briefs 2 years, 8 months ago

No. It would interfere too much with my life.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 8 months ago

No way, kids need social interaction

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verity 2 years, 8 months ago

One size never fits all and there are arguments for both sides.

However a lot of people are decidedly unfit to homeschool their children either educationally or personality wise, or both.

Also, the point of at least some home schooling seems to be to keep the children narrow-minded just like their parents. When children are exposed to other points of view, they tend to become more open-minded and that is exactly what some parents don't want. They just want clones of themselves. That may work or the child may completely rebel.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

What a terrible and miserable existance you must have to automatically assume the worst and think and post something so vile. You need help. You shall too be included in our prayers.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

"Have a nice evening." - My_Life

It's 3:00 in the afternoon.
Should I infer that you are wishing someone a nasty afternoon?

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rumor_man 2 years, 8 months ago

I had a great time at my "home school" prom. It was just me and five of my closest friends.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

I will make sure to include your soul in our group prayers at Bible Study tonight. Have a nice evening.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Jerry Falwell? He was a whore to false prophets. (put a dollar in the box) When you're dead, you're dead. Worm food and non-existence. Pretty much a done deal. The only souls out there are on the bottoms of your feet.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

"What did they do?" - prospector

Oil is dinosaurs, and God wants us Christians to have it!

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

Gods real and lasting love only just begins at death when He brings your soul to His Kingdom in Heaven. You should read some of the wonderful writings of the late Reverend Dr. Jerry Falwell and you will understand. He will be there in Heaven to greet all creatures.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

God make the dinosaurs, then killed them. What did they do?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

God made doves too, but he must not love them. Why else would he want us to smoke them out of the sky?

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't forget, God created cats and loves them too.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

BTW, God Loves You today.

That's nice. So does my cat. And cats are real.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback will be the salvation of this great State and all the babies that are being murdered. Someday in a time of need you will see the light and come to the Lord and He will welcome you. BTW, God Loves You today.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"Go sell candy bars door to door." Autie

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! School has started and the snotslingers will be trying to get me to buy candy bars, popcorn, oranges, etc...

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

My_Life, you are either a giant fraud or a Brownback plant. Either way, the way of the so called Lord is a path of self rightous intolerance. You sound more like Shirley Phelps Roper whatever than anything. Go sell candy bars door to door.

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jedifunk 2 years, 8 months ago

I love my parents more than anything, but I'll never get over their decision to homeschool me. It's very hard to deal with feeling robbed of one's adolescence. I was always very social and extroverted, and I never had a problem making friends even when I was stuck at home, but homeschooling has caused unbelievable friction within my family and is the root cause of almost all fights that I had - and still have - with my parents. Every time I drive past one of those beautiful new football stadiums at the high schools, or read about the academic and athletic exploits of all the gifted kids in Lawrence, I feel a little ache. It could've been me, but I was never given the chance.

I could seriously write a book on the subject. Who knows, maybe I will someday.

So...no, I would never, ever, ever homeschool my children.

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Phone_Man 2 years, 8 months ago

No. I have met and known several folks who have home schooled and they themselves barely made it out of high school. I guess I wouldn't have a problem with it as long as those doing the teaching had some type of certification process to complete yearly.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

Church Services, Sunday School, and Youth for Christ activities provide plenty of good wholesome socialization for home school kids without exposure to drugs, alcohol, guns, and other immoral influences. When more kids are home schooled and taught the Lords ways, the violence in this world will subside.

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frittata65 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm looking for data from adults who WERE homeschooled and if they would/do homeschool their own kids.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

My_Life(anonymous) says…

One big advantage is they don't have to waste time learning all those lies about evolution, and the Bible can be a focal point of their education. Oh no you didn't!!! You thinking that biggest collection of fairy tales is going to educate someone? Maybe if you had some pixie dust you could fly as well.

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grannygirl365 2 years, 8 months ago

The most mature and responsible adults I have met have been homeschooled. They did not get that "great socialization" everyone worries about. They said it was exactly that reason they were homeschooled. Their role models were adults that were responsible and hard working people. ( "not the kids on drugs, not the kids that thought drinking and smoking was what they were suppose to do to fit in, and the kids that couldn't say a whole sentence without swear words, because they did not know any words longer than 4 letter words") these adults and yound people are the ones the top colleges are now seeking out. This is a fact not just an opinion. And yes I would homeschool my children and anyone elses. Just to keep them out of the public schools.

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

One big advantage is they don't have to waste time learning all those lies about evolution, and the Bible can be a focal point of their education.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

I home schooled everyday. The kids all went to public school. It was a by god cooperative venture with me and USD....I did my teaching at home...they did theirs at school and we got our heads together on a regular basis to check signals. Worked out pretty well from what I've seen so far...In fact, that kid is in college at a local University that sits high above some golden valley and I'm still home schooling...via cell phone. Or she is schooling me. ♣Free White Owl♣

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 8 months ago

Absolutely I would to home school my kids but not so much so that they can get a better education. (I would make a horrible teacher) It would be so I could see them all the time and be able to protect them from all the bad in the world. I would also like to buy a private island and live there with just all my family and friends but I know that would never happen. And since that would never happen I know that there are character building skills my kids will learn in public schools that they wouldn't be able to learn at home. While I would love for it to never happen I know that it's possible my kids will learn what it is like to be embarrassed, left out, bullied, etc. in school and I hope that they will be able to build from those experiences and become well rounded adults. Adults who happen to have a mother that won't be able to fully let go of her babies and will still dream of having that island just so she can see her kids everyday.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

How comes everybody gots to be picking on White Owl? Just cause he crazy they don't want him on campus.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

When there are difficult questions like these, I just ask myself, "what would Chuck Norris do"?

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. What does that say about those that teach their own?

Having offspring sounds way too complicated!

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gphawk89 2 years, 8 months ago

Yes, starting next year. Already starting unofficially - he's taken a great interest in writing the alphabet in the last couple of weeks.

In a rural setting, I might still consider public schooling. I had no problem with mine, and my classmates have been satisfied with their kid's education so far so it doesn't sound like anything has changed too radically. In "the city", no way.

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rumor_man 2 years, 8 months ago

When they're old enough they'll be home schooling me.

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SouthSide 2 years, 8 months ago

Cousin Virgil was home-schooled down in Guymon, Okie ... n' the gov'ment social worker says that's why Virgil gots so many social problems. He can recite lots of the King James Bible from memory but he ain't never had no girl friend, heck, 'ceptin' for Hazelmae with all her cats.

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

No.

I am very annoyed at the public school system. But, kids need to know how to handle themselves in public. Home schooled kids too often end up being perceived weird because they have that is kind of cute at first but then their naivety about things is just annoying. They also have an over inflated ego from being getting to much attention and thinking they are special and the only focus of the world. It is not their fault. It was their parents for secluding them and sheltering them from the real world.

Sorry to those this offends. By the way, weird people do not know they are weird so the old I was home schooled and turned out okay thing does not work with me.

I plan to send my kids to public schools - we live in a decent rated district -- and supplement on our own. In other words, they learn how to handle themselves but we will make sure they learn and not rely on some lazy teacher making sub par wages from a system that just does not really care and does not have the funds to care.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

No, Teach them home brewing, you bet.

I did get to make alcohol in HS chemistry.

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

I was home schooled on certain subjects by the neighbor lady next door.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

No

I had a crush on my teacher. Yes, I was home schooled... What?

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

Every single day. Isn't it called parenting? I do send him to the tax funded education camps. I forgot how to do calculus and was never good at da english.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Only if I wanted them to grow up to be serial killers.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

Who would subject their children to forced indoctrination at the hands of a committee?

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shadowbox66044 2 years, 8 months ago

Uhg! I should never drink and post! Now I'm 15th!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

I got the lemurs a set of McGruffy Readers. They made it half-way through the first volume and then they started eating the pages....

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shadowbox66044 2 years, 8 months ago

Ok, as I was writing my comment, someone posted their comment before I posted mine. So now am I the 14th or 9th?

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shadowbox66044 2 years, 8 months ago

13th No. However, I am the 13th comment, but I am the 8th person to comment. So, would I be 13th or 8th?

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

Yep. Did, briefly. Turned out to be a rather productive sabbatical. But there is a need and the desire to get back into the mix of things.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

who's gonna home school then when in this day and age both parents have to work to make ends meet.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

When my children were younger I would have happily home schooled them up to high school. When they hit high school, they really do need the social interaction and the expertise of teachers that are a lot more proficient in certain things than I am. My son is a film student and he wouldn't have ever had the direction in media studies that he received at the high school level had he been home schooled at that point. I also think that high school does a much better job at sorting things out for semi-adult children trying to find a direction in life, even if it's the realization that their best bet is a trade school.

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Odeo 2 years, 8 months ago

"merrill (anonymous) says…

In general public school academics is a best bang for the tax buck no question about it."

Agreed.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Which reminds me, I finally got around to mowing my lawn after letting it go for four weeks . . .

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Why not if the time is available? If socialization is the issue how is it that homeschooled children do not become socialized?

Does public school peer group socialization create more problems for parents? Sex,drinking,brain concussions and broken bones from sports,choice of clothing,choice of attitudes etc etc etc.

In general public school academics is a best bang for the tax buck no question about it.

Meanwhile: 1. Oak Meadow - http://www.oakmeadow.com/

  1. Calvert - http://homeschool.calvertschool.org/ ( Leavenworth Virtual School) open to all)

  2. Waldorf - http://www.live-education.com/ (some public high schools have adopted this approach)

Think Vacations anytime of year which could take families to: 1. Cincinnati Zoo 2. Mt Snow Vermont World Cup Bicycling Event 3. Gila Cliff Dwellings - http://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm 4. A Crayola Factory 5. Ben Franklin Insitute 6. KCMO Toy Museumj 7. Louisville Slugger Factory 8. City Museum of St Louis - the ultimate in recycling 9. Cincinnati Train Station
10. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument http://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm 11. Cincinnati Morning Glory Ride - a family oriented bike event sponsored by the Sierra Club.

Some years ago a homeschool group had an excellent partnership with the KU Natural History staff which provided "classes" to a group that included many ages. Children got into it. Thank You KU.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

mrs roe gots that masterss degreee in edjucatin an shes a fine baby momma but yuo dont know nuthin bout her an she maed our yungins reel smart we dam proud of 'em an thay gots a publik edjucatin cept for all that tiem at ku i aint gots no problum with hoemskoolin for uther folks but uor kids dun good wiht publik skool thats al im gonna say boutit

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Odeo 2 years, 8 months ago

A "Law" for homeschooling in Arkansas? Oxymoron?

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Odeo 2 years, 8 months ago

To educate us:

Not sure if I agree as there may be too much access to coffee, or AOD, at home-

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Odeo 2 years, 8 months ago

Hollis, Hold. Yes, there is a saying to protect Ducks that are on water which one cannot shoot and kill. Scratching my head on this one..the saying, that is.

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Odeo 2 years, 8 months ago

No. They need social interaction.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

3rd Yes, I did homeschool one.

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