Friday, February 06, 2009

When did homeschooling get such a bad rap???

Today at company lunch, sitting beside boss/CEO, I listened as he rambled on and on about bad parents and how kids are only totally yours until they get introduced to the influence of others in school. I looked him square in the eye and said, "that's why we are homeschooling our kids", looked back down, kept eating. Silence, I glanced up to see shock, horror, disbelief, etc.

Did I miss something in the news? Did homeschoolers just turn into zombies and take down a small town? Get caught smoking a bong after winning 8 gold metals?

6 comments:

K said...

That's kinda funny. Homeschoolers do get a bad rap and I'm not sure why. It's not my thing (at least I don't think so yet), but it certainly isn't a bad thing.

Do you think he's just afraid you'll quit your job to home school?

Samurai Beetle said...

No, I don't think he's worried I'll leave. He's knows my husband stay's home with our daughter and would likely be the "teacher". Honestly I'm not set on homeschooling yet, I threw it out as more of a conversation piece but didn't expect to get such negative feedback.

C said...

I think that there's a public perception that people who homeschool have extreme religious views, even though it's become much more mainstream in recent years.

screamish said...

oh yeah...homeschooled kids are all crack heads!!

Groups don't like it when you take yourself out of them...it's probably partly that. It's seen as a criticism...

Grit said...

the 'socialisation' issue comes up here often. i think some people have the idea that home school means the kids never leave the home, whereas some homeschoolers are never at home!

crazywildberry said...

I have a set of cousins (5 siblings) who are or were all home schooled by their mother. All five kids are wonderful. The oldest two have been in missions, the oldest four are all very active in their youth group. All five have taken up at least one instrument and are great at it. The oldest plays the piano, some of them play the violin. At least one plays the cello, I think. They go to museums whenever they want for field trips. They meet at least once a month with other home schooled students for socialization. They are balanced, happy and well-rounded individuals.

I have kicked this idea around in my thoughts for years. I need to make a decision this year whether I think I can do it because my oldest is almost five.