"The terror of home-schooling is you have to be super on all the time, finding crafty things to do.” - Joanne Rendell, homeschooling mother living in New York CityI just had to share this article published in The New York Times on Wednesday. It is an article on homeschooling, specifically unschooling and alternate methods of homeschooling, and I am just feeling so inspired after reading it.
Alright, so not everyone homeschools or even has an interest in homeschooling. In fact, the second most popular response from outsiders upon learning that our family homeschools is this phrase, almost verbatim, "I could never do it". The first response is the never-failing concern about socialization and the question about if my children have friends, leave the house or if my children would know how to function within a formal classroom if they had to. This article speaks to so many issues and desires concerning raising children that anyone interested in enriching their children's lives and exploring some new thoughts on education just has to read it.
The article really hits on some sensitive and possibly unspoken sentiments concerning families who choose to educate their children at home and brings up some really taboo issues concerning homeschooling like
culture clashing with mainstream American public schooled children,One of my favorite points is the redefining of the old label, stay-at-home mom into the newer, and perhaps more appropriate for some, credential of out-in-the-world mom. Any of us mothers who delight in seeing the world with our children and visiting new places can really appreciate this point.
possible jealousy by non-homeschooling parents who feels they are being "out-hipped or out-cooled" by mothers choosing to stay home with their kids and do all sorts of insanely fun/crafty/outdoorsy things with them
and how insane it is for the school system to be pushing academics so hard with such young children.
Don't misunderstand me. I need my time at home. Days with no agenda. Days with no gas being used on errands or soccer practice or planned playtime with friends. I have realized that quiet, carefree, lazy days at home are a key component of my mental and emotional health. But the myth that we moms who are at home with our children are frittering our days away sitting on the sofa in our pajamas watching morning talk-shows and eating bon-bons just needed to be busted.
So, if you'd like, read it for yourself and share your thoughts with me about this terrifying and delightful thing called homeschooling!