As a home schooling parent, I do not claim home schooling to be perfect nor is it for every family. I have seen positive aspects to public schools as well as some fine teachers. I applaud those educators who try to make a difference.

However, public education isn't infallible, either, and has failed many important tests of its own. This is apparent in our growing numbers of illiterate high school graduates (and dropouts) and the rise in teen pregnancies, teen suicides, drug abuse and gangs.For Carolyn Gelder (Dec. 6) to imply that only professional teachers have the knowledge and training necessary to instruct our children is absurd.

As parents, we know our children and their abilities best. In addition, we love our children and desire their success in life more than anyone else. This is a great motivational force.

Also, having our children associate with people of all ages, not just other children, teaches them peer "independence." Our children develop the courage to turn away from the crowd when necessary.

I and others have found a joy in educating our little ones. While it is definitely a lot of work, we enjoy learning together and look forward with hope to the fruits of our labors.

Sharyl B. Wren

Pleasant Grove

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