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Old 02-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Gold medalist Jamie Anderson's mom: I didn't push my kids 'to read and write'

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What does it take to raise an Olympian? In the case of Jamie Anderson, 23, the first woman to win gold in slopestyle snowboarding, her mom took an unconventional approach: there was no TV, no traditional schooling, and a focus on outdoor activities and following one’s spirit.


“I wanted them to be like children, playing outside, running and jumping and not sitting inside at a desk,” said Lauren Anderson, who raised the kids in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. “They got to be free, building their bodies, protecting their spirits and minds, and not being pushed or pressured.”

Lauren home-schooled her eight kids while running a lawn-mowing business on the side. But the emphasis wasn’t on academics.
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Ummm... what?
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Hippy dippy stuff
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Gold medalist Jamie Anderson's mom: I didn't push my kids 'to read and write'

Well, she has 8 x-games medals, some euro tour wins, an Olympic medal, and gets paid to do something I have to fork over a load of cash for.

Not saying i would teach my kid that way, but she seems to be doing alright for herself.
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Yeaaah, she's gonna be fine either way.
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She'll be in Playboy in a few years.
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Unless you are a gold medalist
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Default Re: Gold medalist Jamie Anderson's mom: I didn't push my kids 'to read and write'

Plus, this isn't anything new. CJ Spiller can't read and he is playing in the NFL.
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what are the other 7 kids doing now?
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what are the other 7 kids doing now?
Yeah, a world or Olympic champion can pay the bills. But, I believe education is not just for employment purposes. Remember not all things in life come down to money. Education makes people contributing citizens in society. That's social, political, etc.
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Yeah, a world or Olympic champion can pay the bills. But, I believe education is not just for employment purposes. Remember not all things in life come down to money. Education makes people contributing citizens in society. That's social, political, etc.
This, what happens if her career ends, let's face it she isn't going to be getting high level endorsement deals she isn't a Danica Patrick, Michelle Wie, Maria Sharapova level athlete. This is the problem with America they are athletes they don't have to be intelligent just as long as they can play a sport they will be alright. Gen X parents who want to be friends with their kids rather than be parents, no wonder society is the way it is in this country. Just because it is a trend among athletes in America doesn't it make it right much less defendable or acceptable.
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The blanket statement from her mom that "reading and writing" wasn't the focus of their schooling doesn't necessarily mean she's stupid or illiterate. We don't really have a way of knowing how smart she is. I've heard her speak in interviews and she doesn't sound any different than anyone else with a traditional schooling background.
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The blanket statement from her mom that "reading and writing" wasn't the focus of their schooling doesn't necessarily mean she's stupid or illiterate. We don't really have a way of knowing how smart she is. I've heard her speak in interviews and she doesn't sound any different than anyone else with a traditional schooling background.
They may have learned to read and write but I am willing to bet they did not have a well rounded education, probably their education level is what most FBS college football players have. You can coach them to be able to speak, you teach a gorilla to do sign language too...
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