Home School Update: Whatever Became of the Colfax Boys?
An Update On The Colfax Family of Homeschooling For Excellence Fame
David and Micki Colfax created a home school revolution with their book, Homeschooling For Excellence back in 1988. Home school families and prospective home school families used the Colfax book as a guide. It was a major reference for my family and me as it was for many people, and it is still an important book to home schoolers everywhere.
The question remains -- what ever happened to the 4 Colfax boys? Grant Colfax, Drew Colfax, Reed Colfax, and Garth Colfax. Where are they now? What are they doing? How did they turn out? Now, 27 years later, have they been successful? Or did home schooling ruin their lives and relegate them to minimum pay jobs when they can find work at all?
If you are like me, you may sometimes think about someone you read about or heard about a while back and wonder what ever happened to them, where they are now, and how their situation back then worked out and affected their future. When I looked for the Colfax brothers, I discovered the following information.
Colfax Family Members
What Are the Colfax Boys Doing Now?
Grant N. Colfax, the oldest of the Colfax boys, graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He was a Fulbright Scholar. He is an infectious disease specialist in internal medicine.
On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, President Barrack Obama appointed Dr. Grant N. Colfax to be the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, and he remains the director of that agency at this time.
Doctor Grant N. Colfax spent many years in AIDS prevention research. He was Director of HIV Prevention and Research for the San Francisco Department of Public Health where he developed programs to reduce cases of HIV in San Francisco. During his tenure for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, new HIV cases dropped substantially over the previous decade before his appointment to national office by President Obama.
John Drew Colfax, (goes by J. Drew Colfax) second oldest son earned an MA in biological anthropology as well as a J.D. (Law degree) from the University of Michigan, one of the foremost law schools in the U.S. He then went on to earn an MD from Harvard Medical School specializing in emergency medicine. He worked his way through Harvard Medical School as a lawyer.
Reed Colfax, third son, is African American and was adopted by David and Micki Colfax. Reed has an A.B. from Harvard University where he graduated cum laude, and a J.D. (law degree) from Yale University. According to Relmanlaw.Com, the website for the law firm, Relman, Dane, and Colfax, PLLC, in which Reed Colfax is a partner, Reed specializes in civil rights litigation. Reed’s resumé is long and impressive and I hope you will take the time to learn more about him.
Garth Colfax, youngest of the four Colfax boys, is of Native American ancestry, and also adopted by David and Micki Colfax. Garth would seem to have no lofty educational credentials, but he is currently working with developmentally disabled people in Sacramento California and he is a computer Geek who repairs computers and builds websites.
A Short List of Famous Home Schooled People
There have been many successful people in the U.S. alone who were and are home educated. Here is just a short list:
Condoleezza Rice, Venus and Serena Williams, Sandra Day O’Connor, Andrew Carnegie, Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein, General George Patton, Julian Assange, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, Irving Berlin, Alexander Graham Bell, William F. Buckley, Jr., Mark Twain, Robert Frost (poet), Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Louis Armstrong, Margaret Mead, Gloria Steinem, Will Rogers, and many more.
Is Home School The Magic Solution?
While I have stated in my Home School Questionnaire that home school is not for everyone and that it is not necessarily the answer to all the woes of public and private formal schools, it does work, and has worked well, for a great many people.
It seems that home-schooled students are becoming more and more desirable to universities and colleges all over the country and the world. The reason is this, ‘“Homeschooled students, by and large, are a liberal arts college’s dream,” says Sabena Moretz-Van Namen, associate director of admission at the University of Richmond. “We want more students who think outside the box and color outside the lines. Homeschoolers often have developed into self-directed learners. Traditional high school students sometimes lack that trait,”’ (Celebrate Home School).
Brozan, Nadine. "Chronicle." The New York Times; Education 4 June 1992: n.pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/04/style/chronicle-378992.html
Colfax, David and Micki. "The Best of Colfax Corner." The Link Homeschool Newspaper, 2002 volume 5 issue 6: n.pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/homeschool/articles/vol5iss6/colfaxcorner.html
"Famous Homeschoolers." Bridgeway Homeschool Academy. n.pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/
"Homeschoolers Are At Home At Harvard." Celebrate Home School 2010: n.pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.celebratehomeschool.com/collegesuniversities.htm
K., Carolyn. "Notable Homeschoolers." Hoagies Gifted Education Page 01 October 2009: n. page. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/notable.htm
Lyman, Isabel. "Free To Be Me: Homeschooling Advances Liberty." Strike the Root 20 Sept. 2003: n. pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.strike-the-root.com/3/lyman/lyman1.html
Nahm, Nara K. "Home Schoolers Are At Home At Harvard." The Harvard Crimson 16 March 1989: n. pag. Online Internet 2 October 2011. Available http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1989/3/16/homeschoolers-are-at-home-at-harvard/
"Reed Colfax, Partner." n.pag. Online Internet 2 Oct. 2011. Available http://www.relmanlaw.com/attorneys/reedcolfax.php
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