When I was little, and people would ask me what school I went to, I always shuddered. Why? Because I was homeschooled from first grade through my sophomore year of high school. I didn’t shudder because I hated being homeschooled; on the contrary, I loved learning from my intelligent parents and interacting with my three siblings all day. So why the shudder? I suppose it was because when I responded to people’s questions with, “I’m homeschooled,” their responses were rarely encouraging. More often than not, people would say, “Oh, well that’s…interesting,” and they would stop there, not knowing how to proceed in the conversation.
Unfortunately, homeschoolers are often portrayed as curiosities at best, or complete social outcasts at worst. Our purpose here is to set the record straight. I am currently a freshman in college and I survived homeschooling, what’s more, I benefited from it. My parents were both teachers and they taught me well. I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where homeschooling is common enough that I participated in sports teams, choir, and drama, which were all organized by and for homeschoolers. I never liked being stereotyped when I told people that I was homeschooled, but looking back, people’s statements, expressions, and actions when I told them I was homeschooled have made me more appreciative of my education and they have given me a lot of hilarity to share. So, read on, and enjoy. Laugh over the stereotypes and learn to appreciate homeschooling. Who knows, maybe next time the conversation won’t end at, “Oh, well that’s…interesting.”