Posted on: 08-09-2002 16:03
Devon Sproule, a female folk-singer well known in the central Virginia area, was nice enough to respond to my questions about her education. I post her remarks below, and once again, as before, my questions are in bold, her response is in plain text:
1.) Did you like being homeschooled?
Most certainly. It's always difficult to say when you're right in the middle of it but looking back, I'd say I learned more in my years of homeschooling on how to get along in life than in the other forms of education I dabbled in.
2.) Do you think your education was better because you were homeschooled?
Yes, but I do think that the overall positive experience I had in my education had to do with the variety of experiences that I had.
3.) Who decided what you would study, you, your folks, or outside forces?
Mostly my mom and I. Of course, when I was briefly in public school the superintendent and teachers tended to try to get all up in it. But we two had much more of an idea about the options we had. My dad had a lot to do with a lot of the things I know now, but my mom and I made the decisions.
4.) Was there ever a time you would have prefered public education?
Yes, and I did about two and half years of it, by my own choice. It wasn't my mom's first choice of education for me but she supported me fully when I decided to give it a try, and helped me enormously when I dropped out of high school.
5.) Did homeschooling cause your folks any financial strain?
No. Twin Oaks supported all my endeavors (http://www.TwinOaks.org)