I was thrilled to hear from a mother I know that I scored one for the homeschool team. That mother of schooled kids, a stereotypical soccer mom who is actively parenting her kids held the belief that homeschoolers were freaks. Until she got to know me and my kids.
Over the last three years we've intersected through our sons who are in the same Boy Scout Troop. Over time I have never preached or brought up the topic of homeschooling in any conversation. When she'd ask questions I'd calmly, patiently, and briefly answer them. I was my normal self which is not arrogant in attitude, not elitist or snobbish.
I had told her she was free to ask me anything. Sometimes she'd fire off question after question after question going on for up to a half hour.
I also never once condemned the schools.
Then she told me a story about how she grilled another homeschool mom last year and it didn't go well at all. She said there was eye-rolling after questions about if homeschoolers had to take the same standardized tests that the school kids do. There were sighs. Things were said that gave the impression that the homeschool family was learning elitist topics while the schooled kids are getting pablum.
I also don't condemn parents who choose school. I never portray it is something right for every family. This mom said that it would never work for her. She feels the dynamic between her kids and she would not work doing teaching. One child has received significant services through the schools and she feels that has had a good outcome.
Well it is good to know that in going about our regular business we are representing the homeschool community well. I can't control what impressions others give. I can only focus on my family being sincere and honest about our lives.
If you homeschool how do you think you are received?
How well are you 'representing' the community?
Please consider that whether you want to or not, you ARE representing us. I ask that you behave and play nice. Please?