Why Homeschool Is Massively Misunderstood and What We Can Do About It
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 21, 2015
Ladies, are you a homeschooling student? As a homeschooling mom, I am more than familiar with the many misconceptions about homeschooling. Many believe that children who are homeschooled are awkward and sheltered. They wake up late, do little work and have no friends. These are just some of the myths about homeschooling.
So why is homeschool so massively misunderstood?
The biggest reason is because people really don’t understand the way it works. But as many homeschool families know, while homeschool is flexible and customized to meet the individual needs of each child, there is often structure, a solid and balanced curriculum, and scheduled social events.
A parent who homeschools takes on an important role and they do it because they are very interested in their children’s education.
Ladies, homeschool, for many reasons, is making a comeback. People are starting to see that it’s beneficial. Personally, I don’t believe that I have to justify the reasons why I homeschool my children, but I am more than happy to share the reasons because I think it’s a perfect fit for them.
I’m not going to argue the benefits of homeschooling—I did that already in a previous post, 5 Homeschooling Myths Debunked. Instead, I’m offering some tips on what to do should you be faced with people who have the completely wrong idea about what homeschooling is all about.
- Don’t get frustrated. It’s easy to be on the defensive when someone is criticizing something that’s so important to you. But getting frustrated is not constructive.
- Educate with kindness. You don’t have to be snarky or sarcastic in your response to the misunderstandings, even if the criticism is. A polite response or clarification goes a much longer way.
- Prove that the misunderstandings are wrong. No need to get into an argument about it; simply prove it with a mature attitude that reflects the good and solid education, academically and morally, that you have been taught in your homeschooling environment.
Ladies, it’s not necessary to be defensive about homeschooling. The fact that more and more families are choosing this method of education is an indication that people are becoming more aware of its benefits.
And think of all the famous people who have been homeschooled, from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to Condoleezza Rice, Tim Tebow and Bethany Hamilton.
Ladies, are you homeschooled? How do you deal with the misunderstandings?