- Legal issues
True Story: When my siblings and I were in elementary school, my mother enrolled us in a homeschooling co-op group. We would go on field trips, have holiday parties, and even volunteered at the nursing home. One day, while we children were caroling for the nursing home residents, my mom was talking to a sweet, elderly lady. The conversation went something like this:
(Elderly lady) “Those kiddies are so sweet. What school are they all from?”
(My mom) “Well, actually, those three are mine, and all of us moms homeschool our children.”
(Elderly lady) “NO! Is that even legal?”
Unfortunately, homeschoolers have a reputation of having zero sense of style. Denim jumpers, stretch pants, turtlenecks, and giant glasses are all stereotypical parts of a typical homeschooler’s wardrobe. And sorry folks, it’s only a stereotype because there is some truth to it. Most of us dress somewhat normally. And for those of us who don’t, try not to judge. Contrary to The Devil Wears Prada, clothes don’t make the person and you will miss out if you judge people by their clothing, even if they were homeschooled.
Whenever I tell people that I played sports on a home-school team, I get strange looks. Not only because the idea of homeschoolers having their own teams is foreign, but also the notion that homeschoolers have the same level of athletic ability as the average public schooler is hard for some people to fathom. Nevertheless, we can, and do play sports, and
some of us are quite good. Take a look at Tim Tebow and Blake Griffin. It’s possible.
So, there you go. Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a kid by his education. Messy Mondays does a great job of summing up even more common misconceptions about homeschoolers.