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NOV 2016

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 41 want to make A-pluses! And I want to be tested on this and it's so much fun!'" says Hawkins. "It's never: You have to get this done right now. It's: When you get done, you can do something that you want to do. But it's up to you how long it takes you. Which is nice because in school you have 30 minutes to do this math, and if you're the kid that gets done first, you get to sit and be bored, and if you're the kid that can't finish, you're a failure at math. We don't have that." Jayceline walks in from the test. "How long did it take you? A minute?" Hawkins asks her. e girl nods and skips away, her long golden-blond hair flowing behind her. Joshua, now wearing a yellow Pokemon Pikachu hat, calls his mom over for help with a math problem. At night, when she's not monitoring her kids, Hawkins drafts for the property survey business her husband owns. She's also a registered nurse and has been in school working to become a nurse practitioner, though she took this semester off to focus on the family's move. "How many 100 millions do you have?" she asks. He utters something. "OK, how many 10 millions do you have?" She works down the long number until they reach the 10s. "See, I told you you didn't need help," she says. "Teachers are fantastic and I love them, but they're not parents," Hawkins says. "I can look at Joshua, and if I know that he needs to get up and take a break, there's nothing preventing him from doing that. And I know when he's doing a problem he knows the answer to but he wants a little attention, he'll ask me for help." Home schooling has grown in part because we live in a time when we can customize anything and make every- thing more efficient. From apps to online shopping to TV programs and even online visits with doctors, everything is now what we want and where and when we want it. It's no wonder education would start to move in a more customized direction. Stephanie Barnette, 24, was home- schooled all the way through high school, while her four siblings chose to go to public high school. She would read any of the classics she could get her eyeballs on, while her brothers were interested in physics and would read Stephen Hawking and watch various documentaries. Her sister was really into medical information and would pick up diagnostic books and go around diagnosing the whole family. "ere wasn't the limitation of, the school doesn't offer this or the school doesn't have funding for this or you don't have time to take this class," she says. "We had time to take it." Her family also took vacations while everyone else was in school. ey'd go down to St. Augustine, Florida, or Jamestown or Williamsburg, Virginia, places that could double as educational experiences. For a couple of years, the Guerreros would go to Mexico for months at a time and visit with Rudy Guerrero's family. ey brought their books and materials and had school down there. Hawkins and her family also vacation during the off-season when places are less crowded and travel is cheaper. ey'll do schoolwork in July or August when it's too hot outside to do anything anyway. And Jooniper visits her father often wherever he is with his wife, who is a travel nurse. is past year she's been to New Mexico, Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco. e JCPS school guide is titled "Choices," though families cross their fingers with uncertainty when they apply to their first-choice school. e district has over the past decade grown its eSchool for middle and high school students. High school students can take all four years of classes from a computer wherever they choose. Home-school stu- dents may take these classes but they are not recognized as public-school students. The Guerrero family.

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