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    Quick, when you hear the word "homeschooling," what do you think? Admit it or not, it's likely that the image of an ultra-religious mom with seven kids comes to mind for a good majority of people. A mom who's "extremist." You know, the kind they show on Wife Swap.

    But that isn't the case at all, and Debbie McGeehan is living proof. After sending her daughter and son to public school up until they were in fourth and fifth grade, Debbie, who worked in the school district her kids went to for five years, decided to pull them out in order to homeschool.

    Debbie talked to The Stir about everything from the impetus behind her bold decision to how her kids still socialize to what a typical day of homeschooling really looks like.

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    There are plenty of good reasons to homeschool your kid out there. Local school district doesn't have great academics? Check. Got a kid whose needs aren't being met by the district? Check. Homeschool can be a great thing for parents and kids alike.

    But I've noticed a trend among homeschooling parents. Anytime ANYTHING happens at a school, even a one-off, silly thing that was a one in a million chance, they jump at the chance to tell us public school parents what idiots we are and how GLAD they are that they had the foresight to educate their kid at home.

    Overcompensating much, folks?

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    What's the best thing about homeschooling your kids? It's hard to say. Maybe it's the joy of watching your children learn in a creative, hands-on environment customized just for their learning style and interests. Nahhh, it's actually the stupid questions people ask you. A lot of people out there who know nothing about homeschooling sure to have some surprisingly strong opinions about it, right? Here's our favorite things you should never say to a homeschooling mom.

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    Someone recently passed along an article to me on the whole public versus private school debate. Being a vocal advocate of school choice, and choosing to send my own kids to private school, I thought I’d pretty much heard it all. This might be the first time I’ve been called a bad person for making education a priority for my children.

    When I first read the piece, I was convinced that it was satire, and obviously in favor of private schools. The author actually praises herself for getting drunk before basketball games in ninth grade, and compares it to reading Walt Whitman in terms of cultural experiences.

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    It isn't always easy being a homeschooling parent in America. There are more than 1.5 million kids for whom back to school carries a very different meaning, but it's still a choice that gets parents judged ... and how. Think homeschooling parents are just a bunch of crazy eccentrics who wrap their kids in bubbles and don't even have running water?

    Maybe this will change your mind: homeschooling isn't just something Mr. and Mrs. Jones around the corner do. It's a pretty popular education method favored by some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities!

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    I recently came across the story of a Tesca Fitzgerald, who, at 12, is getting ready to start college and plans to be working her Ph.D. by age 16. Her proud mother credited her daughter's genius to the fact that she was homeschooled. Amazing, right? But I have to tell you, that is as impressive as it is crazy. It made me wonder if I could homeschool my teen or pre-teen. With the cost of private school in New York City, the idea is an attractive one. But I quickly came to my senses and here's why. Check out the 7 reasons I'd never home school my teen.

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    My wife is a teacher. An Earth Science teacher. For the eighth grade. Yeah, I don't get it either.

    Super boring subject. Worst grade in the world to teach, what with all those insanely raging hormones. But that's where she ended up, and I'll admit, it is pretty cool when she points out something I didn't know about the weather or the stars.

    When we first got married, she was going through all the training necessary to become a teacher. A ridiculous amount of studying. Planning. Student Teaching. She even had to videotape herself giving a lesson, as well as undergo a number of classroom observations. In other words, it wasn't as simple as grabbing a ruler, heading to the front of the classroom, and, BAM, you're a teacher.

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    A first-grader in Colorado was recently banned from using the girls’ restroom. Coy Mathis is a Girl Scout that loves pink and looks adorable with barrettes in her hair -- but she was born a boy. For that, her Fountain, Colorado school said that she would not be allowed to use the same facilities as her female classmates.

    Coy’s parents have filed an official discrimination complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and are speaking out publicly to defend their child. Mom Kathryn said, “The more you talk about something, the more awareness and acceptance there is ... we’re really just trying to make it known what the school has done and make them accountable.”

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    Wow, California isn't kidding with its truancy laws. After her two kids -- a second grader and a third grader -- skipped a bunch of school, 34-year-old mom Lorraine Cuevas has been sent to the slammer. And not just for a quick lesson to be learned either -- for 180 days!

    It's not the first time we've heard of parents or students facing jail to stop truancy, but this case is harsh to say the least. Of course, it wasn't just a couple of days that her children missed either. According to KMPH, between her two children, they missed 116 days of school last year -- that's 10 percent of the school year.

    School officials say they tried other methods, like sending letters and making phone calls, but she still didn't manage to get her kids to school. So now she sits behind bars, and her kids are reportedly attending school regularly. Problem solved, right?

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    This story out of Illinois in which a 9-year-old autistic boy was arrested for assault after an incident at school is as infuriating as it is heartbreaking. It's also a grim example of how ill-equipped our schools and society often are when it comes to dealing with autism.

    Brandi Kirchner told KHQA about the incident that happened last week at the school of her son, Roger Parker, Jr. She said he had a "meltdown" during class, and school officials sent him to a "special area" to calm down. It didn't work, and after he climbed a dividing wall, the police were called.

    As the officer pulled the young boy from the wall, the boy struggled and flailed, injuring his eye on the divider. At some point he reportedly kicked the police officer in the nose. Kirchner said the officer then pulled her son to the floor, handcuffed him, and took him to the police station. The traumatic event didn't end there. 

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