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    Why Homeschool Is Massively Misunderstood and What We Can Do About It

    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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?

    Contact me via social media for any questions, advice, prayer or just to say hello:
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    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    8 COMMENTS

    1. It might be a matter of where you live, I live in an area that has a lot of homeschoolers and homeschool co-ops but I have found that many of those “stereotypes” are kind of a thing of the past. Many of the public schooled kids and families that I interacted with when I homeschooled were unfamiliar with a lot of how homeschooling works but they also didn’t have many misconceptions of assumptions about it. Many of them were very interested in learning about it and thought it was a really cool way to get an education. That said, this might be different in areas that have very few homeschoolers.

    2. I know a foreign exchange student that is staying with my pastors family and to say he doesn’t understand homeschooling is the understatement of the century. He would constantly criticize and ask why I didn’t go to school, finally I just told him that if I was in school I’d basically flunk everything. Homeschooling is good for kids that don’t do well in school because they need to learn at their own pace instead of the pace of everyone else.

    3. Yeah, why have your children learn about evolution when they can learn about creationism? What happens if they’re homeschooled all through high school and get to college believing creationism is real, only to get a failing grade on their first biology midterm?

      • Why do you think learning about creation is wrong? I’ve been homeschooled all through high school, I graduate in May. I got an A in Biology and the curriculum that I used taught from a Christian viewpoint but it touched on evolution. I know that creation is real, because the Bible is real. So when I get to college this fall, I will be thoroughly prepared to pass a Biology test whether it’s on creation or evolution. Basically you just have to do your homework and pay attention in class. It’s not rocket science, it’s basic study skills.

    4. I love being homeschooled. I go to an online school called International Connections Academy. My school may not be a christian school but they never put me down for reading christian poems in poetry contests or my papers on my views. I mean right now I’m writing about Nicole Weider for a research paper and I know my teacher will be really into it.

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