I’m one of those homeschool moms who had amazing support from my family (on both sides) when we decided to homeschool our children. The day before we spoke with my husband’s parents about the commitment we were making, they had a very positive experience with another homeschool family, solidifying the idea of homeschooling in their minds. You see, my In-Love’s are retired and were living on the road in their RV. They were at an RV campground with another family camped next to them. They began visiting with one another when my In-Love’s asked if their kids were out of school on vacation. The mom invited them to the back of the RV and opened a large cabinet to reveal tons of school supplies as she said, “This is our school. We homeschool on the road.” My In-Loves were impressed and excited! If I could ever find out who that was, I’d send them a big hug!
Thank you to all the homeschoolers who rock people’s socks off!
But I still had opposition from other people in our lives. Believe it or not, the opposition came from the church. Shortly after we withdrew our children from the church’s private school, the pastor preached against homeschooling and he said this from the pulpit in an evening service,
“Moms shouldn’t homeschool. They teach their kids from the back of a cereal box.”
By the way, none of their private school teachers were credentialed. Then the onslaught of fear mongering and accusations of ‘it’s illegal to homeschool” and “Lisa, you’re breaking the law!” Within a week, then Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared home education is protected in California and well within a parent’s Constitutional rights to home educate.
Apparently a lot of people are ignorant of the law and the freedom we really do have to choose our child’s education. Nonetheless, homeschool families are continually under attack from people who are ignorant of the freedom we all have. It’s annoying to hear ridiculous statements from people and hurtful when it’s family criticizing you. They lack confidence in their own adult children to teach their kids at home.
Then we have the criticisms from public school teachers. Many of them don’t think we’re educated enough to teach our children. I find that wildly ironic since many of us were educated in the public school system. They’re confident to teach us, but not confident that the education they gave us is enough to teach our children. Hmmm.
As homeschool families, we comically come to realize just how uneducated a lot of people really are. We have to endure the stupid things people say about homeschooling.
You might roll your eyes or snicker at some of these.
“You can always spot a homeschool family, they’re weird.”
While at a museum, critics say, “Shouldn’t those kids be in school?”
“You can’t teach math by going shopping at the grocery store.”
“If math gets too hard for you to teach, you’ll be bringing them back to us.”
“Homeschool moms teach their kids from the back of a cereal box.”
“Your kids won’t learn social skills.”
“Your house would be cleaner if your kids were in school.”
“How would you even know how to teach what a verb or a noun is?”
“How will they learn to stand in line?”
“You’ll never have time to put your make-up on.”
“How will they learn to handle bullies?”
“I sure hope you don’t have guns at home.”
“You probably let them watch TV all day.”
“You’re not capable enough to teach your kids.”
“How are you going to make sure they’re socialized?”
“I could never homeschool, I’m always glad when my kids go back to school in September.”
“Does this mean you’ll be making your kids wear culottes and denim jumpers?”
One of these days I might just give a sarcastic response. Something like, “Oh yes, we let our kids eat boogers for breakfast and toe jam for lunch while letting them watch Bugs Bunny all day.”
What stupid things have you heard?
How have you responded to them?