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The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List...

Last post 02-25-2008 7:49 AM by hsiamy. 1 replies.
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  • 02-25-2008 5:20 AM

    The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List...

    A friend of mine sent this to me.  I thought it was worthwhile, so I'm posting it. 

     The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List

    Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's
    insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would
    we admit it?

    Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the
    one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now.
    Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization
    means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and
    pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do
    in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the
    planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both

    Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir
    practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class,
    4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets
    to socialize.

    Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

    We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear
    they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like
    potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate
    job of homeschooling.

    Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

    Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for
    religious reasons.

    Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my
    credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to
    successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in
    teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in
    the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call
    public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that
    I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and
    dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.

    If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can
    possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that
    you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in

    Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in
    "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the
    amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season while you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.

    Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in
    homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every
    day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of
    education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't haveto gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

    Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid
    might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced
    revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school
    don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might
    still be bitter about it.

    Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't
    mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some
    sleep now and then.

    Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's
    some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of
    these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.

    If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're
    allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't,
    thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job
    than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

    Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as
    well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid
    around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything

    Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet,
    boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud
    because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to
    school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as
    representative of anything but childhood.

    Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's

    Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool
    my kids.

    Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get
    because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking
    about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went
    to school.

    Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, then just don't say anything at all!

  • 02-25-2008 7:49 AM In reply to

    Re: The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List...

    I love this!  I think that this is right on and I could certainly share it w/many family and friends that just don't get it!  Thanks for sharing!


    ~ hsiamy
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