Why is there such hatred toward home schoolers? News articles come out and I always make the mistake of reading the comment section...I come away from them so nauseous and sickened by the view that these people have of parents who choose to be their child's teacher.
Comments like these:
*indoctrinated into the moronic culture of their parents
*They`ll go to colleges for likeminded home schooled kids and then end up working behind the fast food counters or as missionaries.
*As an educator of 30 years, the very notion of "homeschooling," for any reason or persuasion, is an insult to actual education, enlightenment, knowledge, curiosity, modernism, and intellect.
*This 'playing school' is really getting ridiculous; the kids are not being educated, and they are socially and emotionally retarded, on top of it.
*Parents, the home-schooler's "teacher", should not be allowed by law to teach anything unless they have an accredited Masters in one of the sciences. Failing that, they simply have a captive audience for their agendaed, dogmatic indoctrination. Or a shopping partner, or free domestic help. It's really pathetic.
First off, what difference does it make if we choose to home school OUR children? How does this affect these people? If they choose to send their children to a traditional school, I don't tell them that they "moronic" for sending their children to a style of school that was created for the purpose of creating laborers for the good of the county (not the child)...that is THEIR decision.
Yet, so many non home schoolers have such strong opinions about what a disservice we're doing to our children.... Have they even researched it? Have they seen how WELL adjusted most homeschoolers are? They are well mannered and able to carry on conversations with people of all ages and not just their age (which by the way, I really don't want my boys closed up with a group of boys just their age all day--that's stimulating learning, isn't it?). They are courteous, helpful, gentle and loving with their sisters...something that seems to be lacking in other circles (by my boys own admission! My oldest thanked me for homeschooling him. He said it wasn't cool with the kids at school to love their brothers and sisters--how sad.) My boys are very bright, well rounded, well read, educated young men. They aren't boys, they are men-in-training.
Are these people feeling convicted? Maybe deep down they realize they know that children belong at home with their families, but because they have bought into what the world says is the right way to do things, they are afraid to be different and are scared of those who choose to hold to God's truths? I don't know... I don't have any answers. I just needed to vent over this.
Thankfully, as far as I know (LOL), my non homeschooling friends seem supportive, well...atleast not vocally against us. There are times it is a lonely road. Our lives have taken such a drastic turn from where we were 6 years ago. It harder at times to hang out with friends, but I'm sure that's just as much from my side of it as theirs. Different things occupy my days now.
Oh, and by the way, do you want to know what precipitated those ugly comments above? An MSNBC poll asking "Is it OK for home-school textbooks to dismiss the theory of evolution?" That's it... Because some homeschoolers choose to not teach the theory of evolution as the Truth. For this, we are "moronic and socially and emotionally retarded?" Because we believe in the one God who created us all.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.--Romans 12:2