Just a little vent here that I'm sick of seeing little kids in homeschooling articles.
I want to see older kids, tweens and young teens if not also older teens in photos and stories of homeschoolers.
One issue is that informal and fun learning is often cited in the article about homeschooling (in general) and it is true that is great. Learning can be done at the zoo and at a children's museum! Hooray!
The little kids, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary grade kids seen in the photos are so cute. Okay they look good in the media story.
Always showing the littlest kids gives a certain impression. Perhaps this is why some thing that middle schoolers or high school aged kids cannot be homeschooled?
I understand some kids start to look awkward during puberty. I get that some teens have acne. Those are not the most beautiful kids to photograph for the articles. But please, can we see some? Those are real kids. Let's get real.
I am happy that homeschool mothers of young kids are writing articles and agreeing to be interviewed for media articles. But I've had enough.
I also know that teaching upper elementary and middle school grades can start to get a little tricky. In all subjects the learning doesn't always come easy or fast. And so it is not polished or always good news. I'd like to NOT believe that only showing positive stories making it all seem easy is a part of a propaganda machine. I'd like some more realistic stories please.
Am I going to have to start writing for publication in order to get some stories in the media with kids ten and older?
Thanks for listening to my vent.