You know how sometimes you hear someone express an opinion which demonstrates clearly that they actually have no idea what they are talking about? Like that poor girl from the Miss Teen USA contest whose answer to the question, “why do you think so many Americans can’t find the USA on a map?” became the stuff of youtube legend. That’s generally how I feel about people who express any of the following “objections” to homeschooling:
They won’t know how to function in the real world.
They won’t get the experience of dealing with people with different religious beliefs.
They won’t have to learn to deal with people of different races.
They won’t know people who are poor.
They will be exposed to only one way of thinking.
Anyone who has homeschooled, has already had to deal with this sort of ignorance posing as “concern”. Unfortunately, 9 times out of 10, what one finds is that the person isn’t really concerned at all, and nothing you say, no amount of reason or reality will shake them from their preconceived ideas. It is precisely for these sort of people that a variety of pro-homeschooling t-shirts have started to be made. I’m broke, so I won’t be getting any myself anytime soon (I do take paypal if anyone would like to help out with this situation), but I found them amusing and thought I’d pass them on.
And finally for my beloved son Noah, there’s this one: