Wednesday, August 29, 2007

11 Year Old CT Homeschooler Seeking College Admission

This is what freedom in education looks like folks.

The Journal Inquirer offered this article to it's readers:
Supported by his outstanding tests scores and honors for civic activities, a local 11-year-old is seeking college admission.

Colin Carlson, who is home-schooled, this year was named as one of the 27 Nestle Very Best in Youth, a national program sponsored by Nestle USA which identifies teens whose efforts have made an impact on lives other than their own.

He and his mother recently returned from the awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Colin said he aspires to become a conservation biologist and will apply to Middlebury College in Vermont, his first choice, and Brown University in Rhode Island, perhaps among others, for admission in September 2008.

Colin, who has taken courses at the University of Connecticut since age 9
, says, "I took conservation biology ... and it was the most depressing course I took because of the data" that show destruction of the environment. "It's horrible," he says. "It's like the end of the world - a fairy tale gone bad."

This past winter, he entered the Cool It Climate Change Challenge, a statewide competition for middle and high school teams.

The challenge asks students to learn about climate science, understand how human activities affect the climate, and create local solutions to climate change in their school or community.

Competing alone against teams that each had several members, he took first place in the middle school division and won $2,000.

He put half the winnings toward the cost of printing a message from his Cool Coventry Club initiative on tote bags donated by the Big Y supermarket chain. The remainder went into his college fund.

The Cool Coventry Club was the basis of his statewide and Nestle awards. Through it, Colin has organized
presentations at the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library on such topics as animals and climate change, energy-saving cars, and saving energy and money, which was presented by a Connecticut Light & Power Co. speaker for business people.

Also through the club, Colin seeks to prompt people to take the pledge to save energy. They make an online promise to make three changes in energy use and if they keep the promise, they get one of the Big Y tote bags bearing the club logo.

At UConn, Colin has taken courses such as general chemistry, biology. psychology, geography, and environmental physics.

Colin says he "did well in all of them" as well as on his college boards and on the advanced placement tests given to high school students.

At UConn, Colin says, "What I really loved was that the other students really accepted me as a peer.
"They were really nice students."
Way to go Colin!

This is why we need to homeschool in freedom without government interference.

This is why families need to be able to withdraw their children from public school without school administrators reporting families to DCF

And this is why our new Education Commissioner should leave homeschoolers in this state alone

(H/T Don P.)