Friday, May 11, 2007

Good Article About Homeschooler Who Won the National Merit Scholarship, John Molitar

This is an interesting article about John Molitar, one of the 53 National Merit Scholarship winners in Minnesota. This boy was homeschooled. The article is positive in nature.

I liked this comment about teaching language arts and curriculum choices.

"The family doesn't rely on breakthrough curricula designed by teams of educational consultants. Instead, John credits curricula such as Rod and Staff, a Mennonite textbook series, with giving him a vital edge. A lot of modern grammar and composition books skimp on fundamentals, he says."

This part about colleges desiring applicants who were homeschooled was especially interesting as it is detailed, with regard to Stanford University’s opinion on the matter.

"It's not surprising that colleges are seeing a growing number of top-notch home-schooled applicants like John. Stanford University is one elite institution that is eager to attract them. Stanford assigns home school applications to an admissions officer who specializes in evaluating prospective students who don't have standard transcripts. "

"Why is Stanford interested in home-schoolers? "Admissions officers sum it up in two words: intellectual vitality," according to an article in the university's alumni magazine several years ago. "It's the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student -- the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age -- apart from your typical bright kid."

"Stanford, says the article, wants "more of those special minds. "

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1 comment:

Alexandra said...

Thanks for sharing this! We use Rod & Staff and I always felt that the basic fundamental approach was adequate. Why reinvent the wheel. Of course not every child responds to it, but plain and simple is fine. It's just as good, if not better than expensive flashy curricula.