Defending Homeschooling

I’ve recently had some interesting arguments converstaions about homeschooling. Here is what people have said to me (summarized of course):  Yes homeschoolers are probably better educated. Definitely they get more rounded education BUT, the world does not want well-rounded people, they want specialized people. They want pieces in a cog. Just be careful with homeschooling and watch for signs that your child is not getting the “right” kind of social exposure.

This bothers me.

Firstly I don’t want my creative, funny, brilliant children to be just a pice in a cog. I want them to be whoever and whatever they want to be. This does not mean that they will have no regard for authority or organizations.

People are worried that free-spirited kids will turn into adults who cannot hold down jobs or follow instructions given by authority figures, but I just do not agree with that. I feel like they will be leaders, and problem solvers.

My kids are so young they deserve to run wild and play and learn naturally. They have so much potential and curiosity, and desire to learn. Why push them and squeeze them into a mould that they just do not fit. yet. Why add anxiety and worry. I’m not saying they don’t need discipline or guidance, but come on..

Saying that because they are free to be active participants in their education or spend more time developing interests in certain areas, and less in others, or that they have choices regarding their own lives, does not mean that they will not be able to assimilate into society successfully.
From what I’ve seen, and the homeschoolers I have met, this just is not the case!

So there you have it my first homeschooling momma bear rant haha.

What do you think?


7 thoughts on “Defending Homeschooling

  1. beorganicandhealthy says:

    The socialization argument is always interesting bc public school kids only get to socialize during recess pretty much. They get in trouble in class if they socialize. My homeschooler meets with other kids at least three or more times a week. Public school kids also only socialize with kids around their age at school. Most homeschool kids learn to interact with people of all ages.

  2. Deidre says:

    I think any logical person would not bother arguing with a homeschooler. If you can look at public schools and say, that is better, you are not logical. If you can look at the same single method learning process that almost every private school offers, and say that is better, you are not logical. If you can honestly say you’ve researched, read and educated yourself on every available education option then you are logical and there is no way in Helsinki you came to the conclusion homeschool is bad. Is it for everyone? No, some children thrive in a single method learning process, about 10% according to Dr. Howard Gardner.

    She is right about one thing though, the world doesn’t want free spirits, it wants controllable cogwheel sheep. And what caring parent consciously makes the choice to raise that kind of human.

  3. Home School On A Dime Mom says:

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
    I don’t home school my children so that they can be good little citizens who don’t think for themselves. Rather, I want them to be “healthy”. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. cangal says:

    Oh, I get the comment about socializing Bella ALLLL the time, becasue we live out here and have no life LOL. But Whenever we go ANYWHERE she can hold a conversation with anyone. I mean anyone. To me that is true socialization. The ability to socialize with people, regardless of race, gender, age or intellegance. Your daughters will be amazing. And amazing women is what our world needs! STRONG, independant, knowledgable Women!

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