Imagine if when you told people you had chosen to send your kids to school, you were met with the kind of assumptions, judgement and questioning that is typical of families who have chosen to homeschool.
Imagine that after all your research and thought, you were met with:
The assumption that you homeschool and shock when they find out you’re not.
Them quizzing your child to check what school is teaching them.
Outdated assumptions that don’t apply to modern schooling.
“I could never do that! I’m not organised enough!”
“I knew someone who was schooled and they were freaks”
“Oh I don’t know if she would suit school, she’s a bit too spirited for school”
And questions.. So many questions!:
“Is that legal?”
“Are you concerned about negative socialisation? Bullying? Peer pressure?”
“Aren’t you worried they will end up ‘weird’?”
“How much does it cost and how are you going to pay for it?”
“Are you going to miss them? I would just miss mine too much”
“Do you worry about rules being enforced and your child’s lack of autonomy?”
“Are you worried about what school will teach them?”
“Aren’t you concerned about them not learning something?”
“But you’re going to homeschool for high school right?”
“Are you worried they won’t be self sufficient because they’ve always had their learning enforced?”
“How will they make friends that aren’t their age?”
“Don’t you worry that all they will do is work and not get to play?”
“Are you worried they won’t get enough free time?”
“But you’ll let them homeschool if they ask right?”
“How will they know how to do anything without being tested or graded for it?”
“Do you worry that they won’t be able to handle the real world after being out of it for their youth?”
Frustrating huh?! This is the life of a homeschooling parent almost every time they talk to someone new about their choice.
This is just a tongue in cheek way to show how bizarre these questions and assumptions are to those of us who homeschool.
Silly disclaimer – I understand that some people just aren’t informed and are being genuinely curious. This is satire.
(Thanks for inspiring this Dadosaurus)
Thank you for reading!