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Home-schooled Palo Altan among Intel finalists

Original post made on Jan 24, 2013

A math project has earned a home-schooled Palo Alto teen a spot among 40 finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, where the top prize is $100,000.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:43 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Charlie, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

Does anyone know anything about Gnyanam Academy? If this student is home schooled, is that just a nickname for their teacher?


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of another community
on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

In CA the parent creates a Private School and the homeschooled student attends that private school.


Posted by PAUSD Lagging, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

Eat your heart out Skelly.


Posted by Gaby, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

When I lived in another city in the 90s, I had a neighbor who homeschooled her two sons. However, she had a teaching credential and previous experience teaching in elementary schools on the east coast. By the time she transitioned her sons into middle school, they were light years ahead of the other middle schoolers. She ended up transferring them to a private school,nowhere they were placed one year ahead of their supposed grade levels.

However, I have also seen learning disabled kids homeschooled by parents who really did not have a clue, and it was disastrous, ending with unemployable kids who were not able to live independently.

By definition, attending the Gnyanam Academy is not homeschooling.


Posted by RussianMom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

By all means! CONGRATULATIONS to one smart kid!
Homeschooled or not. Nothing to do with Skelly. Homeschooling is not for everybody and academic component is not the only requirement for being successful in life.
We all choose what feets our family style best.


Posted by Homeschooling Parent, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

"By definition, attending the Gnyanam Academy is not homeschooling."

It is if that's the name of your family's private school (created specifically for the purpose of registering as a homeschool family with the state).

Congratulations Sahana and all the best for the final round of competition!


Posted by Sriranjani, a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

Congratulations Sahana! You have always been an inspiration.

She is a performing musician and is a very pleasant and charming person.


Posted by Gai, a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 4:14 am

Gnyananm is a Tamil (Indian) word that could mean intellect, intelligence, sixth-sense, wisdom, insight.


Posted by Mark, a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

This is great. How do the home-schooled kids fare when they go to the University or in the workplace where they have to work with people from different culture/up bringing as they have zero exposure to the real world. What are their chances of survival in the real world? Will they end up as loners without knowing how to interact with others?


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