I think it's especially fun to scrutinize Rick Santorum's bemused expression after Meet the Press host David Gregory quotes a passage from Santorum's 2005 book, It Takes a Family, in which the former Pennsylvania Senator wrote,

It's amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools. In a home school, by contrast, children interact in a rich and complex way with adults and children of other ages all the time.

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By adults and children Santorum of course means parents and siblings, people kids get to be around during all the hours they're not trapped in the clutches of the public school system, though when Gregory reads the passage, the estimable former Senator seems to sense with the heightened perception of the last wildebeest to cross a crocodile-infested African river that his mid-decade scribblings make no fucking sense. When Gator-Mouth-Gregory attacks, it takes all the self-discipline that Santorum can muster not to break down about the real reason he hates public schools: when he was on the junior varsity debate team in high school, a fellow student punched him in the face for any number of reasons someone would punch Rick Santorum in the face, breaking the GOP hopeful's jaw so that, for the rest of his political career, he had to talk between his teeth.

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Hey, what's up? My name is Stefani, I was homeschooled from fifth grade to the end of high school. I entered community college fine, made friends perfectly well, I am not distrusting of strangers, I am not fearful of diversity, I am not some sort of religious extremist, and I don't have Aspberger's or some other form of intense social awkwardness. The worst I have is shyness, which was an issue before I was pulled out of the public system.

Yeah, I get it, there's religious nuts out there who want to homeschool their kids because science is the work of the devil, but there's also lots of kids who end up home schooled because their parents feel the public school system is failing them educationally. I personally was pulled out of public school because I was bullied relentlessly for being a smart kid, and I was entered into social programs whenever possible like Girl Scouts, 4H, and homeschooler meet-ups. There's also a surprising amount of kids whose atheist parents pulled them so their education could be wholly absent of religious leanings.

Your assumptions are cute, but can you grow out them, please? Since meanwhile they're alienating a group of people that are politically and culturally on your side?