Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Homeschool Success Story in the Media

This positive media story about a homeschooler came through my Google News Alert for keyword “homeschooling” today.

Here is a story of a well-rounded homeschooled student from Florida named Andrew Stoeve who graduated with an Associates Degree at age 14 from Pasco-Hernando Community College “with a dual associate's degree in networking technology and IT security”.

“For most of his life, Andrew has been homeschooled. Sure, there was that stint in preschool.”

(Homeschooling) “worked pretty well for a while. But when Andrew turned 12, he told his mom that he had been coasting academically and that it was time to get on with his life”.

In addition to having been homeschooled and doing sports like snowboarding, he has been doing volunteer work on missions trips to France and El Salvador.

Now aged 15, he is “working toward his bachelor's degree in communication at St. Petersburg College and contemplating another missionary trip in the fall”.

About his transition to college at age 12 this is what is said,

“While Andrew excelled academically, the transition from homeschooling to formal education was at times a bit bumpy. He wasn't used to deadlines, said his mom. Like many teens his age, he had to work on organization, time management and study skills.

Then there was the stigma that went along with attending college at such a young age. People expected more of him than other kids his age and that often frustrated him.

"One of the things that made him successful was the understanding he had of his weaknesses and his willingness to seek help," said Karen Lederer, associate professor of Information Technology.

But, she added, "He has a lot on the ball and I wouldn't be surprised if some day he's my boss or a famous entrepreneur," Lederer said. "He certainly has a lot of opportunities ahead of him."

If the above reference to learning time management skills is the worst thing that can be said about this teenageer then I'd consider this a success story. Also, being able to even identify one's weaknesses is a thing that not all adults can even do. If a 15 year old can identify their weaknesses then they actively work to address those then that is a great thing!

Great job, Andrew! You are an inspiration to homeschooling parents such as myself!

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1 comment:

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Wow! What a kid. He is a live demonstration that not all kids need to wait until they are 18 to find their dream.

And it's good to read something good about homeschooling now and then...