Friday, September 9, 2011

Myths of Homeschooling.

I am sure many things popped into your mind as soon as you read the title of this post.  As long as you homeschool, that is.  I often find the things that people (very un-informedly) say about homeschooling, to be, well, extremely funny - at the very least.

So here are some of the myths I have heard about homeschooling over the past 12 years:

1.  Myth: "You are so luck to be home-schooled because you get to wear you pajama's all day long!"
    Truth: The only time I wear pajamas all day is if I am deathly ill.  Which is just about never. =] A very. very. very. small percent of those that homeschool may choose to wear PJ's all day, but I am certainly not one of them.  House clothes - yes.  Jammies - no.

2.  Myth: "You are so lucky that you can sleep in every day!"
     Truth: Although some Public Schooled prisoners, I mean students. =] may consider 6:30 sleeping in, due to their overly early schedules, I have never considered that sleeping in.  Nor do I dislike getting up early, or feel that I am forced to.  I enjoy having quite time to myself and  God before the pressures of the day begin.

3.  Myth: "Don't you wish you went to school so you could make friends and socialize?" (this is my favorite =] )
    Truth:  First, a classroom isn't the best place to socialize.  As far as I know, if you are caught talking, passing notes, et cetera, you will likely get sent to the principal's office.  Second, children  begin making friends from the time they can talk.  Being home-schooled doesn't change that.  Third, I would much rather not spend scores of time around people who don't have a real relationship with God, are disrespectful to those in authority, and smoke or drink.  I am blessed to have friends in my church, across the state, and in various places around the world that I know will lift me up, and be a positive influence on my life.

4.  Myth:  "Home-schoolers hang out at home all day."

     Truth:  This one really makes me laugh.  =]  Honestly, I sometimes feel like I'm never home.  Between running errands, going on field trips, and participating in various extra-curricular activities, I am definitely not always at home - an when I am, it is a joy and a nice change.  =]

5.  Myth: "Nobody takes a home-schooling graduate seriously."
     Truth:  Although in the past this may have been true, it is not any longer.  More often than not, homeschoolers are very readily accepted into the top schools and are more trusted on the job.  Employers and College recruiters realize that 9 times out of 10, homeschool graduates are more likely to study independently and have good thinking skills.

Well, there you have it.  Five of the most common myths about homeschooling and my reasons of why they are untrue.  Have you ever heard any homeschooling myths that made you laugh?


Shannon said...

These were so enjoyable to read! There are many myths and they can easily be corrected, just as you have done. Homeschooling is such a joy and treasure in my life and I thank the Lord for it every day!

In Christ,

Paris said...

What a great post, Holly! Home-schoolers stay at home all day is about as true as "stay at home mom's stay home all day"- it's just not true!

Grace Anna said...

Too true, Holly Lou! :)

aMandalin Rochele said...

This is AWESOME. May I please, giving you all credit of course, repost this on my blog? I LOVE IT!!! =D

Holly Lou said...

aMandalin - yes! I would be greatly honored! I have been on your blog several times and have been so blessed by it. It's wonderful thing to see other young ladies striving to live a life that is glorifying to God. May He richly bless you!

In Christ,
Holly Lou