Podcast Episode 220: The Case for Considering Alternative Schooling

Jan 16, 2016 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on finding the right fit when choosing a school for your kids.


The 7th and 8th grade years are critical.

  • It’s when kids are really deciding what they believe and who they think is cool.
  • There is not a more critical time to create a great relationship with your child.
  • We homeschooled Austin in the 7th and 8th grade, and some people might say that homeschooling is not preparing someone for the real world.
  • If you met Austin now, you might think that he seems more mature than some of his peers.


The social aspects of high school seem to be incredibly important to parents who look back on high school as being the best time of their lives.

  • If everything was downhill from high school, you’re probably dying for your kid to go to every party and social event.
  • However, you’re in high school a very short time; the rest of your life should be more important and get better and better.
  • How do you want your kids socialized? Do you want them to adopt different standards?
  • We were able to take Austin places and have him meet people and see how life goes on—he was socialized with adults.
  • I will admit that at 16 years of age, he seems to be more comfortable in the company of adults.


Tune in to hear how Andy believes trust issues with teens are best eliminated, and more on how educational environments impact different kids in different ways, at different ages.


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