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7 Reasons I Homeschool My Teen

CafeMom recently posted “7 Reasons I’d Never Homeschool My Teen” by Ericka Sóuter. It’s not mean-spirited or anything, but it is ignorant … almost willfully so, since the points made are so well-refuted in so many places it seems like they should just Go. Away. and never bother us again. But since they haven’t, I’m going to refute them in one more place, right here.

Ms. Sóuter writes:

I recently came across the story of a Tesca Fitzgerald, who, at 12, is getting ready to start college and plans to be working her Ph.D. by age 16. Her proud mother credited her daughter’s genius to the fact that she was homeschooled. Amazing, right? But I have to tell you, that is as impressive as it is crazy. It made me wonder if I could homeschool my teen or pre-teen. With the cost of private school in New York City, the idea is an attractive one. But I quickly came to my senses and here’s why. Check out the 7 reasons I’d never home school my teen.

Before you say you’d never do something, you really ought to know what it is you’re talking about! Preconceived notions are so often wrong, as every single one of Ms. Sóuter’s points is.

1. I could probably get him through algebra and geometry, but we’d both need a tutor when it came to calculus. Sure, I took it in high school but it was in one ear and out the other as soon as the final was finished.

2. I can’t imagine his first intense classroom setting being a college lecture. Talk about intimidating.

Algebra, geometry, calculus: Get a tutor. Join a co-op. Learn alongside him. Enroll him in a community college class (which also takes care of that “first intense classroom setting” by the way). If he loves it, get him a curriculum and let him go to town on his own.

Or … let him skip it until he needs it (or finds he doesn’t need it) in college. Seriously, if you, a functioning adult, realize that calculus was “in one ear and out the other,” and you know you have never used or needed to use calculus since, and you did not retain even enough of your high school “learning” to work through a textbook with your child, then what’s the point? Just the mark on the piece of paper?

Through some sort of fluke, of which I can’t even begin to remember the whys and wherefores, I escaped public high school without ever taking geometry. I didn’t take it in college either, and my life has not been blighted. As a matter of fact, I received two separate scholarships based on my ACT and SAT scores. Without geometry!

3. We’d get sick of each other by week four two.

4. When he complains about his bitchy teacher, he’ll be talking about me.

5. When I complain about my crappy job, I’ll be talking about him.

This … I’m sorry, this just makes me sad. My kids and I have never once gotten sick of each other. I like my children a lot, and they seem to like me back.

You would be very, very surprised to realize how much of the drama in your parent/child relationship comes straight home from the school. Now, obviously if your kid has been in school and you pull him out, it’s not immediately going to be all peaches and cream, because the relational patterns influenced by school have been set for years; but homeschooling from the get-go is a great way to avoid it all.

If your parent/child issues go deeper than that, you have a lot of work to do whether your child goes to school or stays at home. I suggest starting with this wonderful post on parenting and friendship. Read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Fix your relationship with your child.

Bitchy teachers and crappy jobs … see above.

6. I can’t teach him the same survival instincts you learn navigating your way though mean girls, jocks, geeks, or whichever else cliques exist these days.

The survival instincts I hope my children learn by avoiding all the high school drama and cliques is that they don’t have to fit into a mold or make themselves into someone that they are not, and they don’t have to trample on the ones below them, merely in order to survive the artificial construct of school.

7. I’m not a trained educator. Parents love to complain about their kids’ teachers but it’s a tough job. Probably one of the toughest. It’s a combo of instructor, counselor, soother, conflict resolution expert, and motivator. How exhausting is that?!

“Instructor, counselor, soother, conflict resolution expert, motivator” … funny, that’s how I would describe a parent’s job!

Fortunately, I am a trained educator. I say “fortunately” not because it has particularly helped me in my homeschooling career, but because it allows me to realize that the statement “I’m not a trained educator” is 100% a cop-out. There may be good reasons why you cannot homeschool your children, but not having a teaching degree is NOT one of them.

Acquiring a teaching degree involves learning a lot of stuff like how to grade on a curve and what to do with the bored advanced kids when the slower ones hold them back, and what to do with the bored slower kids when the advanced ones zoom ahead, and almost none of it has anything to do with actual teaching.

Actual teaching is learned by stepping into a classroom and actually teaching, so the mom of a kindergartener has a huge lead on the first-time classroom teacher, since the mom has already been teaching this particular child for six years. Everyone learns to teach by teaching; nobody learns it out of a book.

I tip my hat to all those moms and dads who successfully homeschool their children. It’s clearly not something every parent can do.

You’re right that homeschooling is not something everyone can do. You have to want to do it, and you have to believe in yourself and your child in order to succeed.

There are other things, of course; but that is the primary prerequisite. The rest is just details.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Perfectly true. If you want to, you can. It’s not one of those things you may want to do but just aren’t the kind.

  2. Joan says:

    YES YES YES, a thousand times. Thank you so much. I saw the original article and was really sad, but I couldn’t come up with the words for why, and then you did it for me so honestly. I appreciate you!

    1. Carma says:

      Thank you Joan! Glad to help. :) It started as a comment on the article and got MUCH too long for the space, so I just moved it over here.

  3. Beth says:

    I read this article on Cafe Mom and felt really sad that the parent was limiting themselves so much. I would LOVE to be able to homeschool my daughter. I think I am smart enough, capable enough, and what I don’t know- you find someone that does or GASP look it up and learn it yourself. The internet helps quite a bit.

  4. Lynn says:

    Thank you! I thought that the original blog post was odd and passive aggressive. I wasn’t sure where the author was coming from. Thanks for answering with a clear tone and good answers. Homeschooling doesn’t have to be for everyone, but before writing about it, one should know more about it and think harder about the objectives to bash it.

    1. Carma says:

      Yes! I love a good debate with a well-educated opponent, even if we never come to see eye-to-eye; but the knee-jerk empty-of-substance spoutings like this one, even when they are not done maliciously, just grind my gears!

  5. Mama B says:

    I cannot believe that all of this still needs to be said. I didn’t read the original article, but how on earth did CafeMom not post it as satire? Do the editors live in a hole somewhere, where home education doesn’t exist outside of stereotypes and misinformation?

    Thanks for stepping up and saying once again what shouldn’t need to be said. I applaud you. Personally I don’t think I have the patience to keep politely refuting the ignorance like you have (which is probably why my blog is about food and not our homeschooling).

    1. Carma says:

      Thank you! I do try to remember that, strange as it may seem, there are still people out there who really know nothing about homeschooling! And the fact that they are the ones voting on whether it stays legitimate and legal are good fuel for me to give a reply every once in a while! :)

      1. Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom says:

        And that (the fact that they are the ones voting on whether it stays legal) is what gives me the fuel to reply every once in awhile as well; despite how exasperated I might be to hear, yet again, that homeschooled kids need to be socialized.

  6. Jerzy says:

    You didn’t have to respond to this tripe, Carma, but I’m glad you did. People need to see both sides. While that article wasn’t as vile as some, I wondered why she wrote it at all. The tone of it sounded more like she was trying to affirm her choices rather than trying to convince others not to homeschool their teens.

    I started homeschooling because 1) I could do the job as well as any teacher and 2) I just didn’t want to miss all that time with my kids! I LOVE being part of their lives and they love being part of mine.

    It’s morphed into so much more than that but those were the catalysts.

    As the mom of two homeschooling teens, I thank you for your succinct words.

  7. Melissa P says:

    You have written a fabulous post. I agree 100%.

    1. Carma says:

      Thank you so much!

  8. Sabrina says:

    I love this! You nailed the response to #6. My kids brought home so much baggage from school. I’m not even talking about the drama bullying and all those issues many families face. I’m talking about the issues that children with detached parents bring to school and share. Why do I have to accept a 7 year old swearing worse than a drunken sailor as normal? Why do I have to accept an 8 year old talking about sex as normal? Why do I have to accept children teasing another about a backpack that’s not cool enough as normal?

    I don’t accept it as normal. I reject the dumbing down, indoctrination and boys-will-be-boys attitude that prevails in public school. I also reject the notion that my children must be exposed to the insane batch-processing, false reality of forced socialization with only students of the same age. How is that like real life?

    They get to meet mean kids at the swimming pool and park. The main difference is I’m there to help them think through the unpleasant situations and brainstorm solutions. They aren’t lost in the masses that over-worked and under-paid teachers juggle through each day.

    And don’t get me started on the whole “you have to have a teaching degree to homeschool” issue. Tell that to my friend whom I’m tutoring to take the ASVAB. I think she’s quite okay with me sans a piece of paper stating I know how to cram then regurgitate information that I’ll forget in the next section.

  9. Sylvia says:

    Your rebuttal of Ms. Souter’s article is fantastic! I think points 3, 4, and 5 are just plain ridiculous. Perhaps she just couldn’t think of anything else to say. When people say they can’t homeschool it’s usually because they just don’t really want to but feel the need to justify it!

    1. Carma says:

      I think that, sadly, the idea of children and especially teens as out of control and a burden is such a given in our society, they have no idea how awful it sounds to homeschoolers, who actually enjoy living every day with their children.

  10. Tina H. says:

    I think you just became my new favorite homeschooling blog – and about that nickname of yours (“homeschool revolutionary”)…amen, sister!

    1. Carma says:

      Why, thank you so much! :)

  11. Corrine says:

    Thank you for this to-the-point rebuttal of the common misconceptions of homeschooling. I remember being intimidated by those arguments at first, but after hearing them over and over and over again, they seem really easy to respond to. Sometimes, I almost feel like saying “Is that all ya got?” lol Also, to my surprise, I even learned some things while homeschooling my FIRST GRADER last year. I think that’s one of the benefits of homeschooling – you get to learn too :)

    1. Carma says:

      “Is that all ya got” – LOL! Very true, I have felt this way myself! “Really? REALLY?” when someone asks the socialization question. And then they wonder why I’m laughing to myself instead of answering them! ;)

  12. Sheila Flanagan says:

    NO MOM is unable to HOMESCHOOL..children or teens..it’s all about knowing that what you CANNOT feel comfortable TEACHING..you will find some other homeschool mom/dad or course, online or offline that will take up the slack you feel you are inadequate in..that is what homeschooling is all about..taking charge of your kids’ education..IF you feel you are inadequate..JOIN the rest of us..we as homeschool moms realize our inadequacies and seek help within the homeschool community and online to fill those gaps..Homeschooling allows even those kids (like my youngest 2 of 4 daughters) to become themselves..when homeschool groups of kids and community groups of kids did NOTHING for them..they learned to be themselves IN SPITE of being different..they helped other homeschool kids rise above their insecurities and looked to move out of our area to find friends as they pursued college and a life for themselves..I have to say that I would NEVER have imagined I COULD homeschool my 4 teenage daughters..and as I did..I worried..like any mom..if I was doing the right thing..but after 3 of them have graduated high school and have told me, “MOM, I can never forget the many days we spent just sitting on your bed..or on the couch..talking..and my love of learning came from your excitement in wanting to teach us about llife..etc.” well I have to say..my dream was fulfilled in raising 4 amazing, different daughters who went on to be MOMs, or workers, or embalmers, or rock stars..I have a testimony to share..YES YOU CAN!

  13. Chris says:

    It’s sad that this mom doesn’t have more faith in herself. If her child was in danger she would be supermoon to save him, how is making sure he learns any different? If you have the drive there is always a way.

    1. ColleenInWis says:

      Ahh–good point, Chris. Perhaps the real problem w/the author is Lack Of Motivation. If her child had autism, she would research high and low to find the best therapy. If her child were abducted, she would use every possible resource to find him. If her child were a music prodigy, she would spend significant time and money to help her flourish in her talent. But, her child is just a normal student in a normal gov’t school, so she is willing to settle for normal.

      We are not!

  14. Seriously Concerned says:

    Every awkward and socially inept individual I’ve ever met were either home schooled, only children, or sadly both. It’s extraordinarily naive of you to think that the hierarchy of high school social structure is a false one that you won’t deal with in life. Every place I’ve ever worked has unfortunately had the same cliques and it’s a disservice to your children to not give them the benefit of social navigation as early as possible. I can see home schooling as a viable option in rough neighborhoods or a city like New York where the cost of a good school is astronomical. Any other reasoning is tantamount to over protective paranoia.

    1. Carma says:

      Every awkward individual you’ve met was homeschooled? EVERY one? Geez, I guess the movies have it wrong then; there are no geeks or nerds or shy kids in public school!

      The age segregation in schools, and the complete inability of the child to escape the classroom he is in, is what is false. The only other place in life where you have a set group for socialization and zero choice about socializing with them and only with them is in prison.

      And of course children who spend 13+ years in the system of school carry the social conditioning of cliques with them when they leave. Just because they are crippled and unable to expand to a higher frame of social reference is no reason for me to cripple my child.

      However, even if there are cliques in the workplace, there are choices available there that are not available to the child stuck in school. Move, change jobs, go to a different church, file a restraining order. Always choices … unless, of course, one is SO subdued and unable to defend oneself, after 13+ years of unrelenting bullying, that one never develops the ability to stand up for oneself.

      The astonishing thing about your line of thought, “Seriously Concerned,” is that you speak as if every child who must navigate public school learns the “benefit of social navigation” equally, and they all come out of it unscarred and able to deal with the world on equal footing, when we all KNOW that is not true. A select few at the top, maybe; but how many come out of it crushed and broken and unable to successfully navigate their adult lives, other than to find another miserable situation and submit quietly to it?

      That is one thing my children will never put up with. They never have been subjected to bullying or pressure to conform, and if they were in a situation where they were bullied, they would remedy it, not lay down and take it. And that is a skill far more valuable than learning how to navigate the system by accepting the bullies as a part of the natural and inevitable order.

      Bullies may be inevitable, but refusing to accept bullying is an important skill too, and I maintain that those who aren’t forced to live with the “bully or be bullied” paradigm of public school are far better equipped to look at a bullying situation and decide not to submit to it.

      1. Corrine says:

        beautiful response :)

    2. Corrine says:

      EVERY socially inept or awkward person you’ve ever met was a homeschooled child and/or only child??? Wow, may I assert, with all due respect, that you must not know a lot of people! During my youth (and I went to public school) I met an array of socially awkward people, many of them went to school with me and many of them had siblings. If you meant to say that every homeschooled and/or only child you met was socially awkward, then you must not know a lot of them, and I would highly advise you against making assumptions on large groups of people based on the small sample size of the people you know or have had contact with. There are about 14 million only children in the United States and about 2 million homeschooled children. I’m curious to know how many of these millions of children you actually know (and I mean know). I’m wondering how many of these children you came across, and perhaps they were shy…you found out they were homeschooled and your response, “Oh, I get it now…(rolling eyes)” And, how many public schooled children have you met, and they were shy, but you just attributed it to their personality – because surely it isn’t because of their schooling, right? I’m sorry, “Seriously Concerned”, but when I read ignorant comments like the one you posted (and, I don’t mean you’re ignorant, but your comment was without merit or true knowledge, which is the definition of ignorance) I become seriously concerned. Seriously concerned that parents, many of whom are unhappy with the education their children are receiving would continue to use that system for the sake of “socialization”. The school’s main job is to educate – if it is not doing that job well or efficiently, something else should be done. But you’re saying that despite that fact (at least in many school districts) education should be sacrificed so that our children can get accustomed to bullies and cliques? Also, as for the rough schools scenario you laid out – that it’s the only good excuse for homeschooling – if you follow your logic, really those kids REALLY need to go to those rough schools. I mean, how else will they become accustomed to their rough neighborhood?

    3. Sad to See says:

      While I’ve met a few wonderful, smart, well mannered, well-adjusted children who were homeschooled, unfortunately, by far most of them are weird children made even weirder by being homeschooled. There are pros and cons to both sides and of course there are always exceptions, but this is the sad and ugly truth.

      1. Corrine says:

        “Sad to See” – I wonder how many homeschooled kids you’ve met in your life and what you define as “weird”. I also wonder how you can conclude that these “weird” children were made “weirder” by being homeschooled – how do you know that when you can’t do a side by side comparison of the same child?

        I think one thing both of these commenters are not understanding is that homeschooling doesn’t mean you’re a hermit that never leaves home. We have sports, activities (this coming school year, my son is enrolled in the Young Astronauts Program at a local museum – once a week all year long, daughter is in dance, etc), co-ops, homeschooling groups (which is different from co-ops), church/youth group, and group field trips just to name a few things. We get out. We aren’t home all the time. Yes, school time is done at home most of the time (well, depending on the lesson – and the weather…don’t some of you LOVE doing school outside when the weather is nice?!?) but, even if my child was enrolled in public school, I wouldn’t want them to be socializing while they were supposed to be listening to the teacher and doing their lessons.

        Trust me, “Sad to See”, there are plenty of “weird”, awkward, or shy kids in public school, just as their are some friendly, sweet, and well adjusted kids. There are mean kids and nice kids – a mix of kids in public school. It is the same for homeschooled kids – there is a mix of kids. I just find it perplexing that you can take a child with a given personality, and if they are homeschooled, that must be the reason for the personality. However, you can take another child with the exact same personality, and if they are public schooled, that’s just who the kids is – no reason whatsoever. I don’t understand that line of thinking.

        I’m sorry, Carma, for all my comments…I just get frustrated that with all the evidence out there, socialization still seems to be something that is thrown at us all. the. time. As if socialization only consists of putting a child with 30 of his/her peers. And, to top it off, those commenters have to give themselves names like “Sad to See” and “Seriously Concerned” instead of just using their first names, which quite frankly, I find a little “weird”. So, I will walk away now and let you run your blog and stop ranting all over it :) You did a great job, and I’m glad I came across your blog! Thank you!!!!!

      2. Carma says:

        Sad to See, I would agree that my children are weird. However, I disagree with your assessment that weird automatically equals undesirable. My kids are weird and don’t fit in with most schooled kids. Why? Because they talk to people rather than texting them even when they’re in the same room. Because they know who Justin Bieber is but don’t care. Because they look for friends who fit their personalities, rather than altering their personalities to fit in with a particular group of friends. Because they enjoy learning things and do it all the time. Because by the time they are teens, they already have a good idea of what they want to do with their lives, and are actively working toward it rather than partying and getting into trouble. Are my kids weird? Yes, and I couldn’t be prouder.

        1. Sad says:

          I wasn’t talking about the positive kind of “weird”. Definitely not the kind a parent would be proud of.
          And yes, the children I spoke of have become more so in an atmosphere totally geared to them. These are children I have known since toddler days. I have seen children who were trending towards normal (here I will define as being able to function around others in a socially acceptable way) and then go back the other way after being kept home.
          These are homeschooled kids that are walking through a parking lot staring at their device in hand, can’t ride to a destination 15 minutes away from home without a dvd in their face, do not have the ability to interact appropriately with adults. Is that only homeschoolers? No way. It’s a horrid epidemic of modern “parenting”.
          But if someone has made the time and have the chance to improve and educate these children, why did they choose not to, and let them sink further into separating from other humans. The majority of homeschooled kids we know are self-centered, arrogant, snide. They feel superior since they get to stay home. This is not a good thing.
          Getting along with others is not an optional skill. And the earlier it is learned the better. When you have a young child that is avoided by others, both adults and children of all ages, there is a problem. Keeping him in an atmosphere that lets him continue to think he is the center of the world, and that his opinion matters more than anyone elses, is NOT helping him become a useful human being.
          You misunderstand me. I am not against homeschooling at all. It is something I have done and will do again.
          However, most of of the children in that category, are weird in a negative way, insufferably arrogant, or are worst of all, painfully backward and ignorant (the latter mainly and usually the case in the super-conservative religious families).

        2. Carma says:

          Your accusations are all over the place. Homeschoolers are socially unacceptable because they need devices and DVDs in front of them at all times … but you admit this is a problem with schooled children too. So why even bring it up? It is clearly a parenting issue and has nothing to do with whether a child attends school or not.

          If we’re discussing personal experience, I happen to know a lot of homeschoolers myself, and not a single one of them fits your description of “self-centered, arrogant, snide, superior.” I would agree that sort of attitude is never good, but I live in a major metropolitan area and am a member of 6 different homeschool groups and personally know upwards of 200 homeschooled kids, and I don’t know a single one whom I would categorize this way.

          Are there kids who are that way? Of course. Are some of them homeschooled? I’m sure it happens. Does homeschooling have anything to do with it? Very, very little, I daresay. Any parents who would allow or foster that sort of attitude in a homeschooled child are most likely to be parents who overlook that sort of attitude when their child is in school, or when their child is a bully, or something similar.

          When kids are weird, in whatever fashion, look at the family dynamic, not the schooling situation.

    4. tara says:

      Wow. Your ignorance is stunning. Perhaps it is you with the limited social life if you base your entire opinion on a few kids. And I’ve been to public school. There were all types there, just as there are all kinds of homeschoolers. It’s no surprise that I homeschool both my kids. Sheltering is not at all a part of it. They are the furthest from awkward. They participate in more activities and social events than most public schoolers. They are friendly, outgoing and bright. The only indication you would have that we homeschool is that my oldest will flat out tell you when people ask how she’s doing something so advanced at her age. Her entire education is made to contour to her needs and eliminated an artificial limit to her potential. She’s not held back or pushed ahead based on what 30 on other kids are doing. She’s learning at her pace in a way that captivates her. She’s not living a secluded life of solitude. She’s out exploring her surroundings, learning hands on beside other kids just like her. School isn’t a chore or something she dreads. We have instilled a love of learning in her that will benefit her in countless ways in her future.

  15. Karen says:

    This is just wonderful Carma. Every single counter point you made was exactly right. Great, GREAT post!!

  16. Casey says:

    I once said I’d never homeschool … I learned to never say never again! Thanks for the great post :D

  17. Gretchen Mueller says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts, Carma – you are an intelligent and articulate voice. Keep up the good work!

  18. Carma says:

    Thank you Gretchen! :)

  19. Susan52 says:

    Wow. Was that writer an uninformed parent or an uninformed journalist? I can (mostly) forgive her if she was writing as a parent who simply has never been exposed to homeschooling (though it’s very sad that she doesn’t seem to truly like her children) but it would be hard to forgive a journalist for writing a piece like that since obviously she didn’t do a minute of research.

    It’s a shame that the let-the-government-educate-my-children crowd will read that and take every point as fact and even more affirmation that they’re doing the right thing. They’re missing out on so much joy! And the children of that crowd – no wonder we see so many adults who have no idea how to be responsible for themselves. Sad, sad state of affairs. Thanks for setting the record straight, Carma.

  20. Ruth A says:

    Thanks for this. I hear these kinds of rubish all the time. It discourages others who are on the fence about homeschooling. I agree it isn’t for everyone but why speak against something you really don’t understand.

    1. Carma says:

      Ruth, that is why I try to answer these objections occasionally: to get the word out there!

  21. kate says:

    I love this article. I am going to make it into an iron-on transfer and wear it on a shirt. Full credit to you and your website of course :)

    1. Carma says:

      That would be a crowded t-shirt! Thanks for the kudos. :)

  22. Dianne says:

    Yes, yes, and yes! After all these years how can there still be so many who are uninformed about homeschooling, and why do they think they are qualified to advise others on this subject? If you want your children to be indoctrinated and dumbed down, then by all means, government school is the place.

  23. Nana Sandy says:

    I am a little flumoxed by seriously concerned’s comment. If I see parents and children acting politely, affectionate to one another and handling any social situation with grace I know they have been or are being homeschooled. Ever since my oldest daughter made the decision to homeschool her three I realise what a mistake I made by throwing my kids into the public school system. Now, all of my daughters homeschool. We learn from one another. It’s ok in our family to say “I don’t know, why don’t we find out” My Grands have taken me on a wild adventure that has included biology, history, the classics, on and on. One daddy teaches math, the other survival skills, aunts teach horse back riding, cooking, pyschology, Nana teaches sewing and accounting and Grandpa teaches electronics and engineering. What a wide range of subjects. The kids all decided they wanted to learn Spanish this summer and that’s what they’re doing. ON their own! Amazing what happens to young minds when there is NO question they cannot ask.

    1. ColleenInWis says:

      This is beautiful, Nana Sandy! You have a beautiful life, and I hope our family will be like yours when grandkids arrive. :)

      I agree–the homeschool children I meet, for the most part, are courteous, kind, and articulate. My homeschooled children are often complimented on their behavior or compared to the typical gov’t-schooled teen who is often wrapped up in his own peers and in his phone, awkward around relatives or other adults.

    2. Carma says:

      We have actually had an elderly couple approach our homeschool group on the playground and ask if the children were homeschooled, because they were so unused to seeing so many different age groups play together happily and without squabbling or excluding kids from the games.

  24. ColleenInWis says:

    To quote one of the comments on the original article: “Oh, and BTW…The author’s claim to fame is “knowing way too much about the Kardashians.” Now, there’s an educational achievement.” Why are we even reading her opinion?

  25. Susan Hoffmann says:

    I homeschooled my boys all the way through. The only outside class they took was debate. After a couple of years, I even “coached” one through that. I could teach them algebra 2, geometry, calculus, philosophy, biology, chemistry and physics. But I could buy them books. And they did all those subjects on their own. The oldest graduated magna cum laude and from the honors program at the college he attended. He was offered (didn’t have to apply) a fellowship. The middle got a full ROTC scholarship and academic scholarships and the excess scholarship dollars that are not needed to cover room and board are paid to him. Both of their SAT and ACT scores were up there. The first son got 800 on the verbal. No tutors or outside classes are necessary. Homeschoolers can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. I say keep them at home. Do 90% of your academics at home.

    1. Carma says:

      Susan, thanks for sharing. We need to hear more of these stories!

  26. Theresa says:

    I love this! So true!

  27. Joan Adams says:

    Brilliant post! It seems to me that homeschooling avoids many of the problems of “school” (which are more serious every single day!) and highlights a parents’ relationship with a child. Makes perfect sense to me! I think the public school system is terrifying these days.

  28. Sarah says:

    The “reasons not too” are a combination of sadly ignorant and just incredibly sad. Thank you for writing this rebuttal Carma. If someone doesn’t want to homeschool, fine. Coming up with and publishing “reasons” like this just doesn’t make sense. I agree with another commenter who said it sounds more like she was trying to convince herself than anyone else.

    I love that my boys can socialize with any age person from chatting with their grandparents and their friend’s parents, the vendors and the grower’s market, to playing with babies, their diversity is fun to see. :) To me that’s a far better life navigation skill than learning to navigate cliques and bullies for seven hours of their day.

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