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January 24th, 2013 09:52 AM #61
Despite being exposed to these "bad" people, I maintained my beliefs. I went to church every Sunday with my family. I attended CCD/Sunday School. I got confirmed. ETC. I learned about evolution in school and everything, which if I'm correct, my religion doesn't deny, or at least everyone in my family believes in it and they are better Catholics than me.
Making friends and meeting people with different beliefs only helped strengthened mine and develop my own ideas. I still classify myself as Catholic, but I am in no way a die hard Catholic. I have my own issues with my religion, but there is no perfect religion out there and it's the one I feel most comfortable with, mainly because I grew up around it.
As long as you talk to your children and let them know about sex, drugs, peer pressure, etc. rather than refusing to discuss it, your child will be fine. Heck, my parents refused to discuss sex other than "don't do it" but I ended up waiting till I found the "one." It wasn't for religious reasons at all, it was because I saw my friends get hurt and my sister even, so I wanted to wait. I guess that's something I learned from my "bad" peers.
January 24th, 2013 08:02 PM #63Senior Member
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January 24th, 2013 08:38 PM #65
January 24th, 2013 11:08 PM #67Senior Member
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I didn't say it was impossible. Only that it might be extremely difficult to be thrown into a demanding, competitive academic environment for the first time when you're 18 and your previous maths and science teachers were non-specialised educators. The kid in question not only came from a very privileged background (which probably included private teachers: you don't learn math and science by "devouring books"), but she was her accptance was largely based on her sports success (how American is that?). And just because a person is accepted into a top University doesn't mean they will graduate.
I'm from Portugal. (By the way, homeschooling is legal here - provided the kids take public exams for every school subject at the end of the 4th, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades.)
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January 24th, 2013 11:57 PM #69
Wow, everyone is still indicating flaws in each other's beliefs. I guess I haven't missed much.
@ alzora - I completely agree with you on this topic. Thank you for putting it so eloquently.Mama of two beautiful boys!
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;