I've been running into more negativity about homeschooling lately than I have in years. I've been trying to figure out why, and I think I may have been given a clue.
"I find that offensive." That's what Ms. Schoolteacher said to me after I told her that we homeschool.
I was going to ask why, but it wasn't necessary. She gave me an earful.
- How do I presume that I can teach my children better than trained professionals?
- Do I assume that my children are smarter than other children?
- How dare we judge parents who put their children in public school?
- My children are going to be an anti-social burden on society.
- It's not fair that homeschoolers can be in the spelling bee (!!!) because they can spend more time practicing.
- They won't be able to function in college or the work force because they won't be used to getting out of bed.
- If I'm going to homeschool I shouldn't take up space--and presumably shouldn't pay taxes--in a good school district.
There are so many false assumptions in what she said that addressing them will take a number of posts, but I just wonder: How prevalent is this kind of thinking?