The Gift of Homeschooling
I love being a homeschooler. I am proud of my lifestyle. I love
my family and am willing to make sacrifices to insure that my
values and priorities are evident in everything we do.
So, why do I feel defensive? Why am I apprehensive at times to
discuss my chosen lifestyle with those who disagree? Why should
I care about those who don't share my philosophy and are suspect
of the sacrifices I make?
Well the short answer is most of the time, I don't! But faced
with the barrage of criticism from all sides, there have been
times when I questioned my decision to homeschool and wondered
if it's worth it.
I started homeschooling 15 years ago when it I saw what was
happing to the public schools. Private school were too
expensive. At that time I was viewed as a weirdo, as an
"overprotective" snob, and as someone raising socially deviant
antisocial misfits. I was constantly justifying my position to
people who just did not get it! It was difficult to constantly
have to explain and defend my priorities to those who, I felt,
abdicated their responsibilities to others they know nothing
I felt then as I do now that homeschooling is the best world for
my children. The woman's movement of the 70's created
unnecessary confusion for many women. Men always knew their
identity was in their career. I knew woman could do anything,
but timing was key. It was obvious to me that my children would
be my career. Like any other profession, homeschooling required
education, commitment, dedication, patience and creativity. We,
as homeschooling pioneers, steamed forward and professed that
our families were our careers and they would get the benefit of
our education and training. I do not feel I wasted my 17 years
This commitment to the family started a ground swell and now
millions of families teach their children at home. We all know
how students and teachers behave in the public schools. The
metal detectors, DEA agents, police, gangs, riots, barbed wire,
lock downs and random searches tell the sad story. I empathize
with the innocents who are subjected to this cesspool daily.
Homeschooling is a gift I give to my children without
reservation because they are special and deserve the best. The
business world never missed my creativity and energy, but my
children would have.