Skip to main content

Why Are You Homeschooling?

So what is it, are you a religious nut, moral nut, or is something wrong with your kid?  Or does he just have a mental problem?  These were pretty much the only choices offered in a recent survey of  US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

That's right!  Our government collected and correlated data from tens of thousands of people, just to find out why we homeschoolers didn't cram our kids in the nearest local school.  Of course they didn't pester the public school parents, demanding to hear their rationale for their life choices.  (See Table 8 of their report.)

These brightbulbs also found that people with more money and more education are just plain old happier with their kids' schools.  I think I'd be pretty happy, too, if I could just blow $20,000-odd per year, per child on "tuition" alone at some of these places.  If I were having a bad day or my socks didn't match, people would start making me happy pretty quick at that price.

Hey, here's some more useful information: did you know poor people were statistically less likely to participate in school fundraising?  Here I thought the welfare mommas were the major benefactors of our local school because they have so much extra money to throw around.  SNAP benefits top out at $150/month and with that kind of cash, they're eating steaks every night and just waiting for me to show up at their door so they can give me $30/roll for gift wrap. 

Eesh.  I wonder how much money was spent on this survey.


  1. That's interesting, I guess I'm an education nut. Interestingly enough, I'm hardly poor and never participated in fundraisers. I found them inane. Plus, I was NOT satisfied with our education in spite of having a few dollars in my pocket.

    As usual, you can prove whatever point you want with surveys.

    1. So, should I mark you down as "religious nut" or...?

  2. How would you classify... "I don't like stupid", so I homeschooled so my kids wouldn't be stupid.

    1. Doesn't look like a response on the form. I think there's an entire bunch of us out there who just plain old think we can do better. With PRIVATE schoolers, too! But they don't get asked why they sent their children to private school. Just us. We are the problem.

      Ok, colour me paranoid with that statement but there it is. :)

  3. Why would homeschoolers even answer that survey? No more data mining!!!!

    1. I can see where some people would be scared if the government is asking. Let's just say that I wouldn't trust the census or any other survey from the government because people who are scared tend to lie a lot.


Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics:

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…