Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Homeschool Apologetics

In an effort to convince you that homeschooling doesn't work . . .

Your neighbor, a school teacher, shares with you, "I once had a homeschooled kid put in my class and his work was below average."

You reply, "Public school children are never below average?"

A stranger in the grocery store declares, upon learning that you're a homeschooler, "I once knew a homeschooled kid who was horribly shy."

You reply, "They don't have shy kids in public schools?"

Your cousin Barney shares with you at the family Christmas gathering, "I once had a neighbor whose uncle's co-worker's sister-in-law homeschooled. That kid went off to college and totally rebelled, smoking and drinking and who knows what else!"

You reply, "Public school children never rebel?"

Your brother-in-law tells you, "Your kids will all be nerds!"

You reply, "They don't have nerds in public school?"
Alternate reply, "Good! Nerds don't get in trouble with the law or with girls or with drugs or with staying out all night."

A fellow parishoner asks, "What about socialization?"

You reply, "YES! That's exactly why I homeschool, because of the superiority of the socialization. How wise of you to see that!"


Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

People say "socialization", but I hear, "gangs, drugs, bullies, and cliques" and I want no part of it for my kids.

Nancy C. Brown said...

Thanks, Maureen. I'm always looking for these kinds of "sound byte" answers to grocery-store clerk-types.

Now, I just have to figure out how to remember them...

Jen Ambrose said...

What about socialization?

And how much of that do they get sitting in their desks not socializing for seven hours a day?

momto5minnies said...

I like your responses ;)

xxxxxx said...

Ha! Socialization...and so many still suffering from the effects of socialization in their high schools!