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An education in extremes, but still at ‘home’

Editor’s note: Nick Ryan is a home-schooled sophomore member of the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Teen Takeover staff. He and his family will spend the next few months living in England while his father, a Gettysburg College professor, teaches there. Read Nick’s reflections on the experience Thursdays in the Living section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

When I type ‘homeschool’ into Microsoft Word, a squiggly red line appears under the word. That line will stay there until I tell the computer to ‘ignore’ ‘homeschool’ or ‘add it to the dictionary.’ I will, of course, add it to the dictionary so I will not have to see the red squiggle again. In three seconds I told the computer to perform a task and it replied without hesitation. One. Two. Three. That’s all it took, and now the computer thinks that ‘homeschool’ is just as legitimate a word as ‘cat’ or ‘ball’ or even ‘school.’ I only wish it was that easy with the rest of the world. Read more…

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