23 November 2014

Why They Won't Shut Up About Homeschooling.

Someone always has to pop up and recommend homeschooling.  There's no getting away from it.  Teachers bugging you to medicate your child?  Homeschool him.  Bullies?  Try homeschooling!  Crazy Common Core second-grade level homework some guy with a PhD in astrophysics can't figure out?  Homeschool. 

Homeschool, homeschool, homeschool.  The public school moms are tired of hearing it, and some are really starting to get angry about having their conversations constantly dominated and re-directed.

So why won't those obnoxious homeschoolers just shut up? Speaking as a homeschool mom, I offer the following reasons off the top of my head:

1.  It's your turn now.  Do you know how many times we've been asked, often in front of our children, why our children aren't in school, and oh! I don't agree with homeschooling! or, I know your children would love to go to school, wouldn't you, Elfie? And, how do you know they are really learning anything, do you even test at all and bla bla bla bla and so on. 

So I guess you know what it feels like now that the shoe is on the other foot occasionally.

Cooking and silly smile time!
2.  Concern.  Most of us don't mean to be as outright obnoxious to you as we were treated - really, we don't - but when we see that your son has started cutting or your daughter has no friends and is being bullied, or your autistic child's school is really just a warehouse and he isn't learning much at all... well... maybe we put our foot in it a bit awkwardly sometimes.

3. We like homeschooling our children and think you will enjoy it, too.  It's a great opportunity to spend more time with them than you would otherwise, play games with them that will help them learn and bring them places they wouldn't have otherwise gone.   It's just a different lifestyle we hope you'll consider.

Think of us as evangelists, and you won't be far wrong.  Wanna join our cult?

1 comment:

  1. Yep. I think #3 pretty well sums it up for me. [smile]



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