As a homeschooled kid, I have been asked things like why people should homeschool… just a few times.
As you can tell by the font, I aM ToTaLlY nOt TiREd oF AnSWerIng this QUesTiOn.
But to save other homeschoolers from the joy of explaining ‘why they homeschool’ every single time they meet a person, I decided to write this article to explain it to people for them.
A lot of people can’t understand why people would want to homeschool when you have trained teachers, like these great teachers in the image below, who are so great they made headlines! These teachers are certified and can teach your child for you, for free! By free I mean they steal collect taxes from citizens for over $10,000 per student a year to teach them. Economically, it just makes sense to support your local schools.
It’s important to have your child raised in a safe, protected environment. Just look at some of these great success stories:
Without going to school, how would these students have such great social experiences like these? I mean, there is no possible way for a homeschooler to get a social life; it’s not like you can just Google “homeschool groups” and find dozens of groups in your area. That’s just crazy talk.
When I was a child, I remember my family having to go through the tragedy of finding other homeschoolers by joining dedicated homeschool group email lists and word of mouth. Who has time for that? I remember being so alone and antisocial that when I decided to put together a small homeschool play with a few friends, we had to have auditions since there were too many other lonely homeschoolers wanting to join us and we didn’t have enough parts for them. We also had to use local churches to practice in because we couldn’t find any other place large enough for us. In addition to preparing for the play, the cast members would hang out weekly, have parent-approved parties/overnight activities, post-play camping trips and we all became good friends. In fact, some of the cast members got so close that they decided to get married a few years later. Looking back, I realize how deprived of a real social life we had. If we had been public schoolers, I’m sure we would have had classes that would have given us better social lives. Any one of the teachers mentioned above would have made sure that I and my friends had a great time in there class!
People seem very concerned about what happens to homeschoolers when they go to college. I’d be concerned too, especially since studies are showing that homeschoolers do better at college than their peers. You don’t want your child to stand out at a college like that, do you? Just imagine the inequality they would cause by being better than the average student. My inner conformist just shudders at the thought.
The other major problem people have with homeschooling is that it puts the responsibility of the child directly in the hands of the parents. For parents that is scary. If they send their kids to public school, they could blame all of the child’s problem on a failing school system, politicians and lack of funding, then sleep at night, guilt-free, knowing that the government did their best to raise the kids. After all, it does take a village. Homeschool parents can’t do that. Since homeschool parents are directly involved in the education, and ultimately the raising of their own spawn, they cannot shrug off the blame to another. They have to shoulder the entire responsibility themselves! Who wants that kind of responsibility? If a parent wants responsibility, they would have gotten a dog, or perhaps, a cat, or even a goldfish! Not a child.
There’s plenty of other observations you can make about how homeschooling is a horrible thing to do, but I can very quickly answer why we do it. It’s because we are all crazy, socially-awkward, recluses who shriek at sunlight and have nightmares about social interaction.
* Shaun Persian is a 25-year-old enjoying the millennial dream of living in his folks’ basement while he discovers himself and finds new ways to blame the previous generations for their blatant disregard of the Constitution and natural law in our society. His hobbies include doing school, eternally listening to the audiobook of Atlas Shrugged in hopes of finishing it before he dies of old age, pretending to know how to use semi-colons properly; and writing the first 20 pages of his ‘next book’, then decide to write another story without ever finishing the first. He blames the baby boomers for his lack of completion in his writing.