8 Questions to Never Ask a Homeschooling Parent

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4. Does this mean you're anti-school?

Not at all! You know whats great about America? I can educate my own child the way I see fit. You know what’s even better? I can decide to not give a Eurypterus remipes’s behind what you do with your kid. Do I wish schools were better? Sure. Would I send my child to one even if they were? Probably not. Do I think you’re less of a parent because you send your child to school? Not at all. I’m doing what I think is best for my family. Unless your idea of what’s best for your family involves sending everyone to a North Korean-style prison camp, I’m not judging you. You’re doing great.

 

3. But how will you teach X, Y, and Z if you aren’t an expert?

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m bad at math. It’s a good thing that I was finished up with school long before Common Core was a thing, because that nonsense would have reduced me to a weeping pile of anxiety that probably would have only been cured with even more Ritalin. Luckily, my husband is a computer programmer and pretty decent with numbers. The liberal arts grad student/barista at our local coffee shop is also available for hire as a tutor.

 

2. Your husband gets to have a career while you’re stuck at home homeschooling. Is this really a good example to set for your daughter?

My daughter has a mother who is doing what she wants to do. She also has a father who works his butt off so we can have a good life. She is also surrounded by tons of different types of women, many of whom work full time. A nice home life and a childhood full of fun and educational experiences is the best example I can set. I don’t consider myself stuck, either. Seriously, in my spare time I literally fly airplanes. An hour from now my daughter, myself, and a Cessna will be about 3,200 feet above being stuck at home all day. How’s that example any worse or better than me putting on a pantsuit and doing whatever it is that women who wear pantsuits do all day?

 

1. But what about college?

What about college, indeed. On average, homeschooled children score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized tests. They also score higher on SAT and ACT tests, and have higher rates of college attendance and success than traditionally schooled children. The question I have for parents of non-homeschooled kids is...What about college?