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One Parent�s Solution to Teaching Boys
Volume 45, Program 19
6/5/2003
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Is teaching your teenage son making your hair turn gray? Hear one parent's solution as Chairman Michael Farris talks with a Patrick Henry College student on this edition of Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike Farris:

    I'm talking today with Patrick Henry College junior, Joel Moughon. Joel, welcome to the program.

    Joel:

    I'm glad to be here.

    Mike Farris:

    Joel, what do you think your mom would say was the hardest thing about teaching you as a teenager?

    Joel:

    That's very simple. She'd say motivation. I hated school.

    Mike Farris:

    Well, there are 50,000 moms who just perked up their ears, because they thought, "Boy, that's exactly how my son is like, my 13, 14, 15-year-old son." How did you get through those years, and what did your mom do?

    Joel:

    The biggest thing my parents did to motivate me in high school was to get me involved in debate. As I was beginning high school, my parents introduced me to the concept of debate and actually forced me to participate. And I was not at all interested in public speaking, definitely not interested in researching the topic for a year. It was a topic on foreign military intervention of which I had no interest in whatsoever. But after having done debate for three years in high school and then, following that, three years in college, I have to say that I thank my parents so much. I've made more friends through debate. I think I've learned more academically through debate. I've been forced to research a number of different policy topics. I've learned how to speak in public in a way I was never able to before. And I just am so thankful for that opportunity. And it really motivated me in a way that nothing else they tried ever did.

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