Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #470
Every once in a while, through one of the many blogs I read or my local homeschooling group, I'm directed toward an article that rages against homeschooling for one reason or another. This week, I thought I would take an unsteady step into my own thought process in regard to negativity toward homeschooling.
First, I want to point out that I have been very lucky. My husband has always supported my homeschooling efforts, likewise my extended family and friends. I can count on one hand the times I have come across concerned strangers wielding the "S" word. I am honest about homeschooling, but I won't elaborate beyond "we homeschool" unless I find genuine interest. Most people I meet tend to be supportive of homeschooling, many know someone who homeschools, and only rarely do I run across someone who is completely in the dark about it. ("You mean they go to school at home?")
This is why I'm always amazed when I see a critical news item online or a blog that rages against homeschooling. After homeschooling for ten years and blogging for four, I've come across a lot of opinions, especially online. Many speak out of ignorance on blogs or in anonymous comments, their misconceptions about homeschoolers ranging from the common (they're all Christians) to the ridiculous (they're plotting to take over the country!). I don't think there is a homeschooler online who hasn't heard one myth or another about homeschooling.
The misconception that has always fascinated me the most is that homeschoolers somehow sacrifice the feminist cause by choosing such a traditional role. I translate this to mean we don't get paid for what we do. While it's true that I draw no salary, I believe homeschooling has a place among many honorable professions that are done for love, not money. By choosing to educate my children, I have enriched my life in ways that move beyond monetary value. I am close to my kids. I am proud that we are close and can sit around sharing laughs and ideas. I have learned along with them. I've learned from them. And the knowledge I have gained has made me a better person. I make no apology for what I have become. I am true to myself. I don't consider myself a feminist, but a familist!