Many thought we were already homeschooling, in fact.
What surprised me most though is that folks who concerned about the prudence of such a decision weren’t worried that my children might not learn enough or the the right things.
They must either hide their true personality and inclinations in order to be accepted or they’re pushed to the fringes and made to feel abnormal. Made to feel less likable than those who keep their ideas and opinions to themselves or fail to form any to begin with. No one looks at them askance when they know every answer to every question and are eager to share their knowledge. That their interests are boring and a waste of time?
Made to feel that convictions and fascinations are stupid and that pop culture is the only culture. They mostly don’t even know they’re doing it, I assure you. When an annoying kid like that finds a new hobby and wants to learn everything they can about it and talk about it incessantly, no one treats them like there’s something wrong with pursuing an interest like that, no matter how dull it may seem to the other members of the homeschool classroom. That they need to wear a certain thing and buy a certain thing in order to be worth people’s time?
They didn’t wonder how my kids would know how to be quiet when they were supposed to or to wait in lines when they have to. Learnin’, schmlearning- those kids need to be among herds of other kids their exact age in order to learn how to be normal.
No, the biggest concern among the concerned was: SOCIALIZATION. In other words: homeschooled kids are annoying and weird, and you don’t want your kids to be annoying and weird, ? Well, if someone tries to tell you that their kids are never annoying, they’re lying to you.
I still have friends from my days in the drug trade working there and I couldn't wait to call them and tell them about my plan for this lovely girl.
She was set to arrive at the school on a Tuesday and I was anxious to have her working in a Mexican whorehouse by the weekend.I’ve thought about it a lot and the best explanation I can come up with is this: ridicule. When “annoying” kids like this go to a traditional school, they’re ridiculed. But when one of those “annoying” kids is homeschooled, no one makes fun of their outfits that don’t match.They have a hard, or even impossible, time finding their niche. Or the fact that they like to memorize things and wish the math assignments were harder.The idea of being ostracized by a group of people that they don’t really like anyway no longer sends them into a panic.If they spend their whole childhood trying to be something they’re not or believing that what they are is weird and weird is bad, they’ll enter adulthood with those same perceptions, that same lack of self-confidence.They just don’t know what to with someone who’s so, like, weird. They are not ridiculed into trying to be who God didn’t create them to be. You can’t just go around being annoying all the time. Better they learn now not to stand up for themselves? By the time annoying people like that are older, they’re .