In 2012, I was writing for local homeschool newsletters. This was one of the most enjoyable articles I wrote. It is a series of interviews with homeschool graduates. Although five years have passed and some things have changed, I am leaving these in their original condition.
In this edition, I am proud to bring you an interview with my husband’s youngest brother, David. I have had the privilege of knowing David since he was seven years old.
He is currently enrolled in Pensacola Christian College, Florida and is planning to go into the ministry.
Interview with David
What year did you begin homeschooling? in kindergarten (1996).
What curriculum did you use? Was there a particular curriculum that you found worked better for you than another? We mostly used Abeka with some Bob Jones and Saxon math Abeka was the best curriculum by far. I really struggled with English, but when we switched to Abeka in 9th grade it really made a difference.
Did you experience resistance from family or friends about your family’s choice to homeschool? there was some hostility from some family members, but that was about it. The were a few people here and there who were intrigued that I was home schooled.
What was your favorite course or class? probably a toss up between history and speech.
What other activities were you involved with: church, ministry, co-ops, homeschool groups, community groups, sports, etc.? I was involved in Karate for many years, football, and roller hockey. In high school, I did Sound Jubilee. Our family did a co-op biology and a speech co-op (which has proved to be invaluable to me).
Did you get your GED or graduate (if you graduated was it a homeschool graduation or through an organization?) I got my GED when I finished 10th grade and then attended Chemeketa. After a while there, I transferred to Pensacola.
Did homeschooling allow you to accomplish something or participate in something public schoolers wouldn’t be able to? What do you see as the advantages of being homeschooled?What do you see as the disadvantages of being homeschooled, if any? Did you feel deprived by being homeschooled? Probably one of the biggest advantages of being home schooled was that I could help my Dad [in his family business] whenever he needed it. Disadvantages would be that you don’t see your friends all the time, which can be an advantage depending on your friends. Also I think it helps develop certain good things like finding ways to entertain yourself, and it brings the family closer together. As far as being deprived– I don’t think so. It made church a better place to go because I was looking forward to seeing friends. I had friends around, and I could and did do things with them often.
Would you change something about your homeschool experience? If so, what? I would have put more emphasis on English, and writing. that was probably my biggest hurdle going into Chemeketa, but I was able to get over it. being able to articulate, and argue well through writing helps out in more ways than I ever imagined.
I have a more interviews coming in the future, so keep your eye open for them.
I hope these encourage you that homeschooling works –even through high school.
Between my and my husband’s parents, they graduated eight homeschoolers.
All of us have attended college or some kind of continuing education. We are all well-adjusted adults, walking with the Lord.
Our careers include one engineer, two tradesmen (both of whom also have associates degrees in Biblical Studies), one healthcare worker (I can’t remember her official title), two computer technicians, one author (me), and one pastor (in seminary as of this post).