Sunday, September 13, 2009

Socialization... Or what I bring up when I can't formulate an arguement on my own...

A friend of mine on Facebook was celebrating the way Konos had transformed their homeschooling. A friend of hers was agahst. 'Why Homeschool?'

Well, why not? I'll be the first to admit that homeschooling is not for every child or every family. Good for them. If you can make it work that's great. Every child is different.

But don't patronize me by bemoaning how 'hard it must be to teach the same subjects all day long' and give me fake 'kudos'.

First of all it is painfully obvious this person was not interested in learning just why any of us homeschool. My friend - and others of us - happily replied that it was no chore - we love it and it's the best thing for our kids. Problems with our local schools - kids with special needs,etc.

Today I woke up to this:

What about socialization?

I have not - since leaving public school and certainly not in college - only been forced to socialize with people within a year of my own chronological age. School socialization is as fake as plastic surgery. It's also brutal at times. A person does not have to be bullied and treated like dirt in order to build character.

Newsflash... I was weird in public school. My kids are weird. They are wired that way. My husband and the people that do interact with my kids - people from babies to senior citizens - happen to like their kind of weird. My kids are polite, respectful and they don't care about the latest 'my jeans are riding so low you can see my drawers' trends. They don't walk around with a cell phone attached to their head. They don't spend hours texting. They speak clearly in English. Not text lingo.

After the experience I had with my kids in this local school system it will be a cold day in the nether regions before I expose them to that kind of 'socialization' again. The school system can continue to use our tax dollars but they can't have our kids. I consider it a small price to pay for my children's self esteem.

So if all you can bring to the table is 'what about socialization?' you aren't interested in learning more about homeschooling. You want to feel better about your choices. Fine. Then keep it to yourself. I don't down anyone for their school choices for their kids because I don't know their kids. Extend the me the same courtesy. Thanks