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  •  I would respectfully observe.... (8+ / 0-)

    Homeschooled children interact with people of all ages.

    Public school children interact only with children their own age and primarily a single authority figure, their teacher.  That seems inherently unnatural in the grand scheme of things to me.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

    by Randolph the red nosed reindeer on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:34:19 PM PST

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    •  I fully agree and raise another point (4+ / 0-)

      I attended a fully residential semi-rural small liberal college arts college where virtually 100% of the student body was about 18 to 22 years old.    In any given day for weeks and months, you'd only see and interact with other students or faculty.

      In my junior year, I was lucky to be forced out of dorm life due to over-enrollment, and assigned to a cottage in the "marriage village" -- four small standalone cottages set aside by the college for any students who happened to married--just two of 1,600 enrollment that year.  

      Both couples in the village had children already, and what a delight to have the opportunity to play with those kids...to spend time with an age group other than 18 to 22 yo  students!   When friends would come over and hang out with us, they'd say, "This is like the real world.  I've forgotten what it's like."

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