I have been very busy lately and hardly had a chance to read any news. But yesterday I did read an article about a missing young girl. There was one sentence in that article that said “Because the girl was homeschooled, ….“
So in addition to the sadness about the little girl who no one knows where she is, I was also saddened by the need to point out that she was homeschooled. First of all she wasn’t homeschooled, she was home. There is a big difference! Just keeping your children out of public school is not homeschooling. Abusers keep their children hidden away at home; homeschoolers live with and teach their children at home and in public. The difference is like night and day.
Just yesterday my children were seen in public and private by probably a hundred people. They had their private violin lessons. Then we shopped at Sam’s Club. We bought gas. We then spent a long time at Academy Sports contemplating Bows and Arrows for my middle son. The men working the hunting section would remember us well. Then last night we ate at Red Lobster to celebrate our oldest son’s recent birthday. Believe me at least the waiter there would remember bringing endless plates of shrimp to starving boys!
Over the past few days my children have been seen by no less than several hundred people. Over a hundred have interacted enough with us to remember if they were to see our pictures or be asked about us. (Which of course blows away the “lack of socialization” claim!)
True homeschoolers aren’t hidden away at home! We might have a couple of days where no one outside of the family sees us but those are rare now that the children are older. Even if we did nothing else like shopping or school activities, we are at church at least twice a week. Accountability isn’t an issue.
My point is just because a child is home and not in public school don’t call it “homeschool”! There is a big difference.
Terry has written about the same issue today. Funny how often that happens! Hers is a well reasoned argument while I just ranted. 🙁