Posted by Charity on April 29th, 2008

Another day, another uninformed anti-homeschool rant. *yawn*

I usually ignore them; I have more important things to do with my time than try to reason with a bunch of ignorant bigots with impenetrable prejudices.

This time, though, I would like to get a few things off my chest. (Mostly, this comes from the comments on the above linked post, not the post itself, and others like it that I have read.)

(1) Atheists and other anti-Christians, you do not have to oppose homeschooling just because some people might *gasp* teach their children religious views that you do not like.

The world does not revolve around you and your opinion. Get a life, for Pete’s sake!

And thank God that these kids are not in school trying to witness to your spawn.

(2) Being a credentialed educator is not that big of a deal. I am sorry to have to say this. I have respect for people who are educators – believe me. I happen to be the type of person who generally cannot stand to be around any child that did not incubate in my uterus for 9 months, so I can not imagine the amount of patience and dedication it takes to spend 180 days a year with other people’s children. I applaud you. I don’t understand you, but I applaud you.

That said, I have to share this story. Have to.

When I went to college, I was a physics major. After two years of physics classes, a year of work study in the physics department, and a summer interning in a physics lab, I decided that I did not want to be a physicist.

Well, there are not too many majors that you can change to with a background of physics- and math-intensive course loads and still graduate on time. The first one I looked into was education. I started with a couple of courses to see how I liked it.

Want to know what happened?

I so seriously blew away the professor, with an academic performance level that he was unaccustomed to, that he took me aside and told me that I should go back to math or science because I would not be challenged in education and it would be a waste of my intellect to stay.

I kid you not.

And I am not even that smart!

So you see, I cannot help but snicker every time some “credentialed” educator labels me as “unqualified.”

(3) How on earth can anyone consider homeschooling parents selfish? Excuse me, but do you have any idea what we give up to homeschool?

Take a look at the last time this blog was updated, for example.

I have no life. You, in all likelihood, do.

I am doing this because I love my children dearly and want them to have the best life possible. And school was not helping them achieve that goal. So, I homeschool them.
I enjoy it and I really would not have it any other way, but it is hard work. Really hard work.

So, next time you put your dreams on hold to make someone else’s life better, go ahead and call me selfish. Until then… you know what you can do.

(4) Stop saying that home education is inferior to public education.

Did you miss the memo?

I don’t think I could give my children an inferior education, even if I tried. Just by the very nature of spending the day interacting and conversing with an educated adult one-on-one, they gain most of the skills needed to lead an educated life.

And the rest only takes a couple of hours a day.

(5) Math. One of the great homeschooling myths is that home educated kids have substandard math skills.

This one totally annoys me because I love math. That is what I ended up changing my major to after the education fiasco. And not because I thought it would be useful for a career, but because I thought it would be fun. FUN.

I use the cream of the crop when it comes to math curriculum. The only one out there that might be superior is Singapore Math, which is based on math standards used in, well, Singapore.

As for the public schools… I’ll let Oak Norton handle that one.

(6) If you are concerned about socialization, rest assured, my children play daily with the kids in the neighborhood, where they learn such useful social terms as the “C” word and “peach stuffing,” which, if you don’t know what that is, trust me, you don’t want to. (Those are the poster children for the homeschool movement, by the way. And, yes, my kids try to stay away from them.)

Okay, I think I have sufficiently vented.

Besides, I can’t really think of any other homeschool stereotypes that don’t fit me. I am proud to be a wacky libertarian, conservative Christian, who reads the Bible, makes her own bread and soap, and occasionally clothes too, and doesn’t believe that man evolved from apes. (Yes, I know, I know; not apes, but a common ancestor. Gee whiz, I’m not science illiterate.)

7 Responses to “Aren’t We Due for a Homeschooling Post?”

  1. I am proud to be a wacky libertarian, conservative Christian, who reads the Bible, makes her own bread and soap, and occasionally clothes too, and doesn’t believe that man evolved from apes. (Yes, I know, I know; not apes, but a common ancestor. Gee whiz, I’m not science illiterate.)

    Showing off that all-too-common anti-intellectual pride that seems to run rampant in this country, I see. Niiiice.

  2. That’s not anti-intellectual. There is nothing wrong with intellectual pursuits. In fact, I am quite encouraging of them. There is, however, more to life.

  3. There’s one group of folks for whom I feel sorry. They’re not the anti-homeschooling crowd. They’re the, “I’d really love to homeschool, but…” crowd. These folks have two working parents. They also have relatively new cars, 3 bedrooms, two baths and the accompanying mortgage, credit card debt out the proverbial wazoo and so on. It’s not that they can’t homeschool. It’s just not as high a priority as golf, big screen TVs, vacations, jet skis, and jacuzzis.

    On the issue of socialization, I cannot say it any better than it’s said here:

    Now that you’ve read that, let me add my 40 cents’ worth. We live in a world today where human life has been greatly devalued. For the Austrian theory economists out there, you understand the correlation between supply, demand and value. People who’ve been crammed shoulder to shoulder with hundreds to thousands of other people for eight hours a day for the first eighteen years of their lives are going to value other individuals less than they would have had they not been inundated with them for those years. My son, Fletcher, is a living example of this. When we’re at a playground you can see by his words and actions that he places a high value on being with others. The other children seem to instinctively have a dog eat dog attitude toward one another. Perhaps we’d all get along better if we weren’t packed like sardines for our formative years.

    Peace, freedom, justice and prosperity,

  4. *sigh* The anti-homeschool crowd.

    Over here in NH – our lovely legislature in their infinite ignorance is attempting to craft more home education rules and regulations. In watching the video of the “house education committee” in action, the members actually admit almost total ignorance on the current law, how that law works in real life, or cannot provide any concrete data that the current law is not working and needs to be changed. However, that does not deter them. They write and write and write on.

    an aside – Singapore Math is great – at least 1a and 1b is so far. I’ve been using it to supplement Saxon Math.

  5. Nice job, Charity. I’m a little slow getting around these days, but I thought I’d stop by my fellow homeschoolers who are so obviously unqualified to teach because, well, I guess because we disagree with Mr. Laden. At least that is the common thread I found. :)

  6. As a California-credentialed teacher, no offense taken. The credential program I endured – and their curriculum was typical of what you find anywhere – was a year of sheer torture: full of useless theory and odes to the wonders of multiculturalism and social justice.

    Then, in an effort to increase my paycheck, I went back for more torture: an M.A. in Education. Oh the humanity!!! The claptrap I studied in my Masters program was even more useless for life in the classroom than my credential program. Just consider me the most overqualified babysitter you can think of.

    So why do I endure 200 of someone else’s children every day? Teaching the subject. I love history; I love to talk about history; I love to see the looks on students’ faces and field their questions when I touch on a subject that interests them. I have to put up with a lot of misbehavior and wastes of time, but in the end, I get paid thousands of dollars a year to talk and teach about history. Cool!

    That by the way is the other method by which I am able to handle this job. The common meme in education nowadays is to pretentiously declare, “I don’t teach (subject), I teach children.” Nope. Sorry. Not me. As for me, I don’t teach children, I teach HISTORY!”


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