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Katy Perry: Church Upbringing Ruined Her Education

    August 10, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Katy Perry is successful by most measures. She is certainly a celebrity. She has hit songs, She has money and recognition.

But Katy Perry carries a concern that she is not very well educated, or at least not as well as she’d like to be.

“I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education because I could really use that these days,” she told Yahoo.

It turns out that Perry dropped out of high school during her freshman year. If this is what dropping out gets you, she’s not exactly a poster child for dropout prevention. But that’s not how she sees it.

“I’ve learned to educate myself at this stage and how to continue my education at any age,” she said. “I’m going on 30 and I’m still very thirsty for information. On tour, we go to different museums and get to soak up all kinds of different cultural experiences.”

So why did Katy end up coming up short in the education department when she was younger? A lot of it had to do with her parents’ work as church-planting pastors. They moved around a lot, and it took a toll on Katy’s schooling.

“I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools,” she explained.

Sometimes home-schooling is a good alternative for kids who just can’t do well in the schools where they live. But a lot of religious folks are pulling their kids form schools to get them away from what they see as harmful influences. They feel they can educate their children just as well from home. In fact, 91 percent of homeschooled students had parents who said that a concern about the environment of other schools was an important reason for homeschooling their child.

Vyckie Garrison, a former evangelical who home-schooled her own kids, explains how she sees this rising phenomenon.

“There is an atmosphere of real terror among some evangelicals. They are horrified by the fact that Obama is president, and they see the New Atheist movement as a vocal, in-your-face threat. Plus, they are obsessed with the End Times, and believe that the Apocalypse could happen any day now… They see a demon on every corner.

“We home-schooled because we wanted to protect our children from what we viewed as the total secularization of America. We listened to people like Rush Limbaugh, who told us that America was in the clutches of evil liberal feminist atheists.”

But there has been a cost of this home-schooling fervor. Parents often refuse to report information that could be used to get good statistical data on the success of home-schooling. But anecdotally, there are plenty of stories like Katy Perry’s to suggest that home-schooled kids are getting the short end of the education stick.

“It was a real struggle to do the basics,” Garrison says. “So it didn’t take long for my kids to fall far behind. One of my daughters could not read at 11 years old.”

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  • http://mikecurleymusic.com/ Michael David Curley

    Course you’d have to be brain dead to believe a solid understanding of right or wrong at some point provides you a situation where you’d state your upbringing ruined your education. http://mikecurleymusic.com Alternatives being sharia law, And French Revolution with Beheadings.

  • Junglemania13

    Should have guessed, a “Katy Perry article” that ends up being a total hammering of Christianity, as proven by the words of a “former Evangelical [capital “E” folks]” You have your opinion, keep it to yourself. You may be on the road to Hell, but you do not, do. not., have the right to drag other people along. And that is precisely what you are doing.

    • Block

      You can’t go to a place if it doesn’t exist.

      • Nonfarleftian

        You can’t avoid going to a place just because you deny it’s existence….

        • Natattackz

          Can you prove it’s existence? No? Then how can you tell someone they’re going to hell if you don’t have proof of it’s existence? Go there, get me some hellfire and brimstone, and then I might give credence to this “hell” place you insist exists.

          • Nonfarleftian

            Can you disprove it’s existence? No? Then how can you tell someone they’re not going to a place ever if you don’t have proof that it does not exist? Go get yourself some SOLID evidence to support your position that IT DOES NOT EXIST if you ARE ABLE… Ok? Then maybe I might give credence to this idea that it is bull***t as you seem in infer….. Have a Blessed Day…. :)

          • Natattackz

            LMFAO. No buddy. That isn’t how it works. I don’t have to provide evidence for something I don’t think exists. If you want to prove it exists, then go get some evidence. I’m not the one claiming it exists without any tangible proof. In fact, I’m claiming it DOESN’T exist BECAUSE there is no evidence. I don’t think you quite understand how this whole “burden of proof” thing works. It’s okay, go read your holy book and leave the critical thinking to the people that are capable of it.

          • Block

            The burden of proof isn’t on me to “disprove” anything. Whenever someone makes a claim, it is up to THEM to PROVE it. You say Hell exists. Ok sure, prove it and I will believe it. Until then, stfu. Logic 101. You fail at it.

          • Nonfarleftian

            Uhhhh. No. I will not shut the ***k up. And there really isn’t jack ***t you can do about it. Logic 101??? I had no idea you were an educator in all things reality….. Please…

          • Block

            Of course you had no idea. That doesn’t surprise me.

          • Nonfarleftian

            Oh, aren’t you ever the witty one….. Glad to know I STILL GET UNDER YOUR SKIN A WEEK LATER……

          • Block

            Nah, I don’t usually browse random sites, noticed I had a notification. But it’s pretty cool that you’re annoyed with me enough to not only respond, but type in all caps because you’re so enraged :)

          • Nonfarleftian

            “Oh nah I don’t usually browse random sites, noticed I had a notification…” Yeah, sure….That’s why you returned to make a smart a)s)s comment 8 days later, right??? Annoyed?????? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAA!!!!!
            Oh yes I am just ENRAGED!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HAA!!! :)

          • Block

            Yup looks like it.

    • raytheist

      “total hammering” ?? Just because one of the people quoted is a former Evangelical? She speaks from her experience, so what’s wrong with that?

    • Scott Plumer

      What in this article was inaccurate or incorrect? Religious beliefs should be subject to the same scrutiny as any other beliefs.

    • To America

      You support our constitutional freedom of speech right? Oh well as long as it does not hurt your sensitive PC emotions. LOL.

  • 194319441945

    She writes well, speaks well and obviously knows how to read and write. With that foundation you can learn anything you want.

  • Dan Stark

    Katy, it’s never too late. Please ignore any moronic comments you read here. I have a background in education, and it’s obvious to me that circumstance has played a great part in your not receiving the education you desire. Ignore the idiots on this thread who, consumed with jealousy, will attempt to disparage you. There’s an opportunity here for you to not only address this issue by returning to school, but to forge a leadership role in prioritizing the importance of education to your younger fan base. You can address this issue as a matter of personal fulfillm3nt

    • Mike

      Returned to college when I was 30…..Do it…..You will never regret it…..College teaches a person to think for themselves…….Remember telling an instructor…..Don’t know where I’m going…..but, I am on the way…..!!!

      • guest

        To think for themselves? Only if your train of thought follows the liberal agenda.

        • To America

          You enjoy or support social security, medicare, women’s right to vote and the list goes on. Those damn liberals. Conservative fought tooth and nail against these programs. You are part liberal by supporting any of these programs. Lets say 3/16. haha

  • Dan Stark

    Katy, it’s never too late. Please ignore any moronic comments you read on this thread I have a background in education, and it’s obvious to me that circumstance has played a great part in your not receiving the education you desire. Ignore the idiots on this thread who, consumed with jealousy, will attempt to disparage you. There’s an opportunity here for you to not only address this issue by returning to school, but to forge a leadership role in prioritizing the importance of education to your younger fan base. You can address this issue as a matter of personal fulfillment for yourself, AND as an inspiration to your fans (especially the younger females), Please take advantage of this– for your sake and for theirs.

  • Lori

    Sadly there are a lot of bad schools out there that people think are good just because they are based in a particular faith. This is not always the case. Personally my niece and nephew went to an excellent Christian school and they are doing very well in large part because of it. Let’s not blame all religious schools… it was her radical parents job to see that she was properly educated and obviously they failed her.

  • boobtuber06 .

    The real narrative they want to hoist on you: Christianity makes you stupid

    • Chester Manfield

      And it’s not far from the truth. It basically tells you how to think rather than encouraging you to think and develop conclusions by yourself. That is why those in the religious community do next to nothing to progress mankind while scientists who constantly progress mankind are nearly all atheist (according to the National Academy of Sciences).

    • raytheist

      In many cases, religion DOES encourage people to not ask questions, not look for answers, just believe whatever the preacher tells you from the Bible.

  • Scott Plumer

    Good for her. I’m glad to see that she doesn’t think that just because she’s successful, that’s all she needs. Success is fleeting; education is forever.

  • 972

    How funny….”church upbringing”? That’s what hurt her education? Mike Tuttle, what an amazingly misleading and, frankly, wrong title. Let me guess, Tuttle is an athiest. What a pathetic article.

  • Guest

    While I am not a religious person, I know plenty of people who were home-schooled and ended up attending colleges and universities like any other public/private kid. I would think the constant moving around had more to do with Katy Perry’s decision to drop out (as well as her own Christian-pop music career) than homeschooling.

  • mrbrockpeters

    Don’t worry dear, the way you present yourself, nobody is admiring your brains. You could be Einstein, but doing what you do for a living, most people wouldn’t care. Rather, they are all admiring your two, ahem, assets.

  • T-800

    Christianity is one big lie, a bogus religion based on pagan ideas and beliefs. they lie to their church members, they cover up lies and let the child molesters rape children. they also need your money and the more of your money you give them they promise you a better afterlife. also it’s a fact that anyone who knows real history that most of the christian lies they claim to be their own are based off the sumerians and other middle eastern religion before them. also those scrolls they found in those caves are lies because if anyone knows anything about languages know that they are based off sumerian tales.

  • T-800

    she is also super sexy and has a nice rack.