As you might have figured out, if you have read my blog for a while, or if you know me in person, I homeschool my children. I know that many people have a negative view of homeschooling because they knew that one weird kid that was homeschooled or have had the misfortune of watching every reality show out there that has ever portrayed a homeschooling family. We are really not all like that, I swear. I know my fair share of weirdos that should really never homeschool and whose children will probably never make it in society, but for the most part, I know a lot of fairly normal people who for one reason or another decided to teach their child at home.
Tonight, I had the misfortune of having some gentleman tell me how horrible it was that I homeschool. I should also add that this was all in his reasoning why I should join an organization he runs (which I will never join now by the way). He came into my shop and asked me why I have not come by to check out a meeting, and I told him that I have been very busy with the business, homeschooling, and the other groups in which I am involved. His reply was that I should not homeschool. Homeschooling was wrong. As a taxpayer I was throwing my money away by teaching my children at home. Children belonged in a public institution.
I kindly explained to him that I homeschool because public school just didn’t work for us. He just scoffed. Honestly, public school didn’t work for us. I have nothing against the school, public schools in general, teachers, or anything. However, public school just didn’t work with my son. I sat down with his teacher, and we decided that it was in his best interest to be homeschooled. I was not sure if I was going to homeschool my daughter, and she made the decision on her own. She asked to be homeschooled. They are both happy with their education, and while it is a lot of work, especially with having my husband away much of the time and also owning my own business, I am happy being their teacher. It also allows them to spend precious family time with my husband when he is home.
I kept my calm through the conversation, but the whole time I was seething inside. I homeschool because I want to do it, and because I think it is best for our family right now. I don’t think it is for everyone, but I really wish that people would have enough courtesy to stop bashing us. I am tired of conversations like these. I am tired of hearing how my children are not socialized, which is the biggest line of crap I have ever heard. My children and I are involved in multiple homeschool co-ops, extra curricular activities, and play groups . I am tired of hearing how my children won’t know how to act in “the real world.” Well, my children are pretty well-behaved. They ask a lot of questions. I am pretty confident that they will do just fine in the real world. Not only that, but I married a product of home education, and he seems to do just fine.
Like I said, I have nothing against schools, teachers, or anyone who puts their children in regular schools, but I just wish sometimes that people would just leave me alone and respect my decision to educate my children in a way that I feel is best for my family. Education is not a one size fits all kind of deal, and if you knew my children, you would know that I am raising some pretty amazing children.
Thanks for listening to my rant!