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Reading, Writing And Religion

March 01, 1992

My wife and I are Christian, but not fundamentalist. Our son, 12, is home schooled. Our daughter, 6, attends a public school.

Our son was fast dropping through the cracks in public school. He scores high on achievement tests but public school teachers could not give him the personalized attention needed to keep him interested.

The modern Christian home school doesn't differ much from those of the "free-thinking pioneers." Christian parents know that they cannot lie or keep vital information from their children. They encourage analytical thinking and respect children's opinions, even if those opinions are different from those of their parents.

The writer implies that home schoolers are child abusers. There will always be the Ecclesias and the Jim Joneses. But the writer ignores the many cases of abuse and molestation in public institutions.

GARY BLINN

Hacienda Heights

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