Ever wonder what your kids would tell a college professor about their homeschooling journey? Well, I found out what my daughter had to say after she submitted this paper for her ENC 1101.31 class when she was just a freshman at the university she attended.
October 10, 2006
Does “Home” + “School” = Freak?
What comes to mind when the words “home” and “school” are combined? Is homeschooling really just schooling at home? For many, it has quite a negative connotation, often rendering poor assumptions. People may think, “Does the kid have a social life, and is he/she even socially acceptable? How can they be challenged in that environment?” Often, the younger generation’s statements don’t differ much, “Wouldn’t the kid be bored all the time? How can he/she stand to be around their family all day every day? What about sports? Are they all nerds?” How might I know this? I was homeschooled, and while a few depictions of us may be true, some families, like my own, have put an entirely new twist on the concept.
Let me just begin by saying that, no, homeschooler’s aren’t always stereotyped. But since the lifestyle can be such a mystery for public and private school children, often it leaves room for some interesting and somewhat humorous responses. Every time I was asked growing up, “Where do you go to school?” I almost immediately felt like an alien when I saw the utter confusion on the kid’s faces at my reply. It’s not that I cared so much, I actually loved homeschooling, but I did find it more and more frustrating to explain as I got older. All thirteen years of my education, prior to college, were spent at my home; thirteen years I wouldn’t trade for any other experience.