1. Homeschool moms are SO patient, therefore they make good homeschoolers. False! This is my number one comment I receive that drives me crazy, because I am not a patient person. Little kids in general can send me over the edge because of my lack of patience. BUT as a homeschool mom I do have ample opportunity to WORK on patience and many other character qualities for that matter. I am convinced that in part this is why the Lord has us homeschooling–because my character needs work. Ha!
2. All homeschoolers think their kids are better educated than everyone else’s. False! Although I have met several moms who would fall into that category so I see where people get this assumption. But no, I don’t think that since I homeschool, my kid is better educated than everyone else’s. Honestly, I am not educating to compare my kids to everyone else’s. My kids have strengths and weaknesses. One may excel at reading while another one excels at math. My goal is not to raise the smartest children, but to help each one reach his or her potential.
3. All homeschoolers think public school is evil, and think that if you put your kids in public school you must be evil, and that all public school teachers are evil. False! I think there are great kids and great teachers in the public schools. There are also kids and teachers in public schools who are not so great, just going from my own public school experience. Right now I appreciate that I don’t have to take that chance with my kids. My kids are being taught by the person that loves them most!
I do think my world view is different from that being taught in most public schools. We want to be intentional about teaching our children a biblical world view, and we have decided that educating them from home is the best way for us to accomplish this. That doesn’t mean that I believe it’s the only way a child will grow up with a biblical world view. If your child isn’t being taught a biblical world view at school, I just think your job is much more difficult.
4. Homeschooler’s children are all better behaved than everyone else’s. False! I don’t think my kids are better behaved than everyone else’s. In fact, I’m with them all day, everyday. I know their behavior better than anyone! I do not have any notions of kids with halos! We work on behavior issues doing our best to target the heart issues as we go, and I’m not just referring to the children! We are a work in progress.
5. Homeschool kids aren’t socialized. False! My first two children are as different as night and day. One is shy, the other outgoing. Both of them are homeschooled. I do encourage my shy child often to get out of her comfort zone, but it’s done under my protection and supervision even when she doesn’t know it. She is so much like her dad in personality. When the question about her shyness and socialization was raised to my husband he said, “I went to public school my whole life, and I’m still like this!” Cracked me up.
Ah well, these are just a few that have been on my mind lately. After reading this my husband says he agrees with most of it.