You have seen them, the homeschoolers, likely in the library or at the grocery store. You have noticed that mom, all kids trailing along doing odd things like calculating the grocery total at the store, checking out mountains of books at the library that are taller than your 2-year-old, and playing outside at odd hours when they should be in school.
They seem to be having fun, enjoying life, getting along, but there are so many things that you should consider. When you see these homeschooling families out and about, or you meet a mom and learn that she homeschools, don’t be fooled by the wonderful things they tell you about this form of education. There are some very real reasons why you shouldn’t homeschool your child.
- Your child will be weird
You don’t want a weird child who prefers living books to dry history. You don’t want a child who just might spout off random facts they learned from a rabbit-trail study of fossils during a Science lesson on rocks. You surely don’t want a child who is comfortable identifying his or her learning style and explaining it to the nearest adult, that is just downright strange.
- Your child would be with you…like ALL the time
Moms need a break, we need our “me” time, we had children so we could send them off and not have to be bothered with the mundane chore of educating them. If you homeschool you are going to see every bit of your child, all the time. You are going to have to learn how to best teach them and how they learn, this will surely not help you in life, and it will just be a hindrance to all other areas.
- Others will judge you
The neighbors will notice your children are never gone, they will notice that they are doing yard work or taking out the trash when they should be in school. The checkout lady at the grocery will give you the stink-eye when she asks why your children aren’t in school and you tell her that you homeschool. Your family may even question your sanity if you make the choice to homeschool; we all know that our family’s opinions should dictate every area of our parenting.
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- Your child needs to be taught in the same way as everyone else
Education should be the same for every child. You shouldn’t think your child is special and that some children learn better through doing and others through reading, all children should learn to learn the same way.
- You want a conformist
You do not want to encourage extremely creative thought. You want to be sure that your child does not stand out, they should learn and do like all the others, marching to the same beat as the rest or they might be too much of an individual. The world does not need more individuals.
- You aren’t qualified
You are not a teacher, there are people specifically educated in the art of education and this is not you. You were only chosen as a mother, there is no educational component to rearing a child to learn from the world around them, this mothering role is where you should stay, you don’t want to teach your child anything.
Don’t be swayed, don’t be tempted, just don’t. There are so many reasons why you simply should not even entertain the thought of homeschooling your children.