Letters to the Editor - July 12, 2013

Favor different puddings

Thirteen-year-old P.J. Morrissey wrote a strong letter (Readers’ Forum, June 21, “Socialization occurs at home”) in defense of homeschooling; along the way, P.J. demonstrated command of an essential skill in critical reasoning—identifying and critiquing an author’s assumptions. In my case, however, P.J. has it wrong on two counts.

First, I did not assume that “homeschoolers receive only intergenerational socialization.” I did note that the Cooksey children, when challenged about the lack of socialization, mentioned only intergenerational exposure. Happily, P.J. and I agree that this is not adequate.

Second, I did not assume that most work is done in groups. I was citing a stubborn fact that has been documented by a number of empirical studies of organizations. Outside the context of clerking for a mom and pop store, it is a fact that most work is done by groups.

Over the past 25 years or so in New York and Oregon, I’ve read upwards of 1,200 applications for financial aid. I can attest that public school kids have enjoyed all the opportunities for socialization that P.J. cites for homeschoolers. In addition, public school kids are afforded the exposure of a public school education.

A virtue has not been tested until it is confronted by a contrary value embodied in a compelling personality. Rubbing shoulders with fellow vacationers on a cruise ship does not cut any ice here.

P. J. and I do agree on one thing: “the proof is in the pudding,” but I suspect that we favor different puddings.

For me the “pudding” is where homeschoolers are in a career 15 years after graduating college. Have they acquired the necessary academic and social skills to excel in their chosen profession?

Robert Mason



Stay with Scripture

Sandra Ponto wrote a letter about a preacher who blessed a gay marriage. I thought it was articulate and bold.

I’m surprised no one defended her. I feel the need to respond to the idea proposed by readers that God created some people gay and that He accepts homosexuality. If God condemns it as a sin, I’m sure He did not create human beings that way.

It is a choice we make. Either we respect God’s laws, or we don’t. It’s hard to turn from worldly sins, but God loves us, not the sins we commit.

There are several Scriptures from the Bible that teach us He does not accept this lifestyle.

I would like to challenge anyone to find Scripture where God is pleased with homosexuality.

It’s easy to go off on telling what we believe. Stay with Scripture to prove your point. Jesus came to forgive us and love us, not accept sins we commit.

Sharon Marsh


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