I Would Never Because Homeschoolers are Just So …

I would never homeschool my kids because homeschoolers are just so, you know, just so. . .

Weird

I mean every homeschooler I have ever met was such an oddball. I would never want my kids to be like Venus and Serena Williams who were homeschooled.1 All they do is play professional tennis all over the world. And what about those weirdos, Bode Miller, the Olympic alpine skier and Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback?2 Or for that matter, the Jonas Brothers and Justin Timberlake are a little strange too, don’t you think?3 Nope, I wouldn’t want my kids to be known as weirdos or oddballs like those people.

Also, who knows what their parents are teaching them at home! Homeschoolers are really so. . .

Uneducated

Traditional school is the only way to get a good education. Just take a look at the National Spelling Bee; it is always a regular school kid who wins—except for the four homeschooled kids who have recently won.4 Also, public school students’ SAT and ACT scores should prove that homeschooled kids don’t get a good education, right?

Wait, what?

Homeschoolers have consistently higher ACT and SAT scores than public school kids? And higher GPA’s their first year in college than public school kids?5 Well, that doesn’t really mean much of anything.

How do homeschoolers get into college anyway? There’s the real problem right there!

I’m sure it must be only a few colleges that admit homeschoolers. Okay, so yeah, I once heard that a few bigger universities like Yale, Vanderbilt, United States Military Academy, Georgetown, Emory, and Cornell have admitted  homeschoolers, but that is just a few—surely no more than a thousand. 6

Still, this would never convince me to homeschool because, despite academics and weirdness, everyone knows that homeschoolers are completely and totally. . .

Unsocialized

They stay home all day, isolated from other people and they simply do not have the opportunity to learn social skills. Ha! It must be a rumor spread by those kooky homeschoolers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Stanford, and Duke Universities all actively recruit all those unsocialized homeschoolers? 7

Huh?   It’s true?   They do?

Oh.

Well, even if they graduate college, adults who were homeschooled must be terribly awkward in social situations. I’m not buying into this new longitudinal study, “Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults”, that claims, “Not only are home-schoolers actively engaged in civic life, they also are succeeding in all walks of life”. 8

I still would never do this to my kids because homeschoolers are just so weird, uneducated and unsocialized.

 

Or maybe not. . .

 

RESOURCES:

Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling, by Celi Trepanier, 2015

“Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students”, Michael Cogan, University of St. Thomas, 2009

 

CITATIONS:

1 “Homeschooled tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams win Wimbledon titles”, The Examiner, July 8, 2012

2 “16 Successful People Who Were Homeschooled”, Buzzfeed, May 19, 2014

3 “15 Successful Celebrities Who Were Home-Schooled (So Much for the Stereotype of Freak and Geeks)”, Ashley Page, StyleBlazer, July 19, 2012

4 “Washington Times Op-ed—Homeschoolers Thrive at the Bees”, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), November 23, 2009

5 “Do Homeschool Kids Really Rate Better on Standardized Tests?”, HubPages, August 29,2012,

“Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers”, Karl Bunday, Learn in Freedom

7 “Number of Homeschoolers Growing Nationwide”, Julia Lawrence, Education News, May 21, 2012,

“Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults”, Deani A. Neven Van Pelt, Ph.D., Patricia A. Allison, M.Ed., and Derek J. Allison, Ph.D, 2009,

10 Comments on “I Would Never Because Homeschoolers are Just So …

  1. 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄proud homeschooler and my GPA 4.1

  2. If homeschooling were to become a majority pursuit, we would need more public policy lots of it. Because at that point, what we are doing with our kids would have a much bigger impact on every other aspect of public life public health, transportation, the economy.

  3. Better weird than dead.

    As a Gifted person who struggled with the suicide question – and who lost one good friend to suicide – and had another brainwashed into self-hating conformity – this is very relevant.

  4. How true this is. Because I pack up our school work and try to find interesting places to learn like the park, beach, art museums, and arboretums, whenever I meet a friend at the grocery store they always say ” Oh school is at the grocery store today. what are you learning?” to which my 6 yr old answers ” Patients” . People have such a warped idea of what homeschooling truly is.

    • You are right. Homeschooling is all about learning in real life, real engaged learning–at the park, the beach, in museums, at arboretums–all real life learning. And darn it, homeschoolers are not weird!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Darcie!

    • Thanks, Nikki! I was a bit upset when my teenage (homeschooled) son told me some of his friends told him they thought all homeschoolers were weird, although he was the exception. As I reeled off all the reasons why homeschoolers were better off, I figured I’d throw it all in a post. After all of the research, I was amazed myself at all of the successes of homeschoolers!

      Thank you for sharing this on Facebook, also! <3

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