From Ashland, Oregon comes a refreshingly upbeat and delightful article about a young homeschooler, Gabriel La Mont, who’s quite accomplished in the ancient Japanese art of origami and is teaching classes on the skill at a local library. From the article, by freelance writer John Darling:
Gabriel’s mom and home school teacher, Maritza La Mont, said she is proud of his work in standard academics, but takes special delight in her son’s fascination with skills that seem to have no practical application for career and income.
“He’s self-taught and has always had good attention to detail,” she says. “He thrives in home schooling and can go full blast with it. He taught himself to embroider and knit, just picked it up from a book. In home schooling, there’s plenty of space and freedom to explore and follow your passion without being restricted in time.”