Friday, June 06, 2008

The eavesdropper

After reading The Moms who Homeschool Squadron Meeting , I stumbled across Cherish's Homeschool Hype. What a terrific response.

Finally, I came across a post by an outsider who overheard a meeting of homeschool moms. The gist of it was that these moms were in the stereotype group #5 (Homeschooling parents are the well-educated, financially elite of the community.) and their nagging would be better aimed at public schools to benefit all kids. You see, if you homeschool, you are automatically taking away resources from the public schools and making life much worse for the rest of the kids because school scores go down, there aren't enough parents to be involved in PTA, and the school loses funding because your child isn't enrolled.

I have a big problem with those people who think I should sacrifice my children for the good of those children stuck in public school. I also find it ironic that those same people who whine that I should be making a difference in the public schools don't have any problem with public school parents who choose to contribute nothing to their children's education or schools.

And I have to wonder what a post based on some comments I have overheard public school parents make would look like. Here are a few I have overheard recently.

  • "I don't know what I am going to do with my children during the summer, babysitters are so expensive" - Implying that the public schools are nothing more then a free babysitting service.
  • "Sally got sent home for wearing thong underwear to school" - Uh how did the teacher know what kind of underwear Sally had on?
  • "Amber is crushed she didn't make cheerleader "
  • "Joe missed the school bus again, I don't know why the driver can't wait for him, she won't even blow the horn and give him five minutes to get outside" ~ Jeez, I thought the kids were suppose to be waiting at the but stop.

Luckily I don't judge all public school families by the stray remarks I have overheard some public school parents make.

Just Enough, and Nothing More ask Are YOU a Stereotypical Homeschooler? Guest Post by MaryAnna Cashmore. I came to the conclusion long ago that there is no typical homeschooler anymore then there is a typical public school family. Homeschoolers are a divers group and we don't fit into any one slot, anymore then public school parents and students do.


  1. I've heard the same arguments about kids who go to private school and how their parents are elitist. Basically, anyone who asks, "Is there something better?" and then finds something, is elitist. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

  2. "Sounds like sour grapes to me."

    To me too.

    For some reason though those who go to private school are accepted and even envied. While homeschoolers are treated like second class citizens/criminals. Nobody ever says you shouldn't be allowed to send your child to private school.

  3. 'But what about prom?' ~First respose from my two then teenage sister-in-laws.

    'WHAT! I am not gonna have freaks for you want your kids to be like the Blacks (the only homeschool family he had ever encountered)' ~my father-in-law.

    'Okay, I guess you have to do what you think is best' ~my mother-in-law.

    'I probably would have too now that I look back on it.' ~my father and stepmom.

  4. You know I graduated from a public school. I didn't go to prom. Neither did a majority of my friends. It wasn't a big deal. And for those homeschoolers who want it these days there are homeschool proms.


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