Just read a thread on a parenting forum about homeschooling. It was started by a homeschooler posting a kind of vent about the stupid things people say to homeschoolers, it was quite funny and apt, though it contained some equally grosse generalisations as those made by people who know little about homeschooling...
One of the points was about not saying to a homeschooler, "I couildn't homeschool", even as a compliment, and yet in the first 2.5 pages (which is what I read of the thread before replying) so many people said this!!!
Obviously people didn't read the entire OP before responding, or if they did, they somehow thought that it was not applicable to them.
Hearing other people say they couldn't do it was always incredibly annoying to me, because quite frankly I never GAVE A SHIT if other people thought they could do it or not. Them not being able to do was not relevant to me at all.
Then there is the question of WHY would anyone want to homeschool. Gawd, so many answers to that, all subjective, so what the point of even answering the question, really? The other person is only going to disagree with you because OBVIOUSLY by asking the question they're saying nothing would move them to homeschool.
I still feel mostly pretty crappy about my boys going to school. I know they really enjoy it, but it is such a sucky compromise and I wish I could offer them what they really want - to play with other kids all day, every day - without all the other bullshit that happens at school.
We're coming the end of our first year of school, and it's been such a turmultuous year for us. It's been great to have time with just Bryn and myself, and it's been great to see the boys form friendships at school. Other than that, it has mostly been a massive pita. Having people questioning my children's behaviour, NORMAL behaviour, having Luey picked on by his stupid teacher, Erik crying because the other kids in his class teased him about reading level 9 books...
Our weekends have not been more enjoyable because of the break we get from each other during the week, we don't enjoy each other's company all the more for it. In fact, I think sometimes having them away for much of the day during the week makes me even more intolerant of them when they are at home. It certainly makes them more restless at home.
Erik's lying and stealing hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse.
Luey's self-image has gotten worse, too.
When I ask them if they wouldn't rather be at home they plead to be able to go to school.
I can't help but think it's because I'm just a crappy parent who isn't much fun to be around.
I could so easily homeschool, but they don't want to... It makes me sad...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
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