When we started our homeschooling journey some 16 years ago, it wasn’t as popular of an idea as it is now. I had some awesome seasoned homeschooling moms prepare me with what to say when, not if, but when, I would face negativity about our family’s choice for education.
“What about socialization?” “Do you have a teaching certificate?” “Don’t you want them to go to college?” “They are going to miss so many opportunities.” “But your kids will be weird.” “Is that legal?” These questions have come from church members, neighbors, public school teachers, strangers, and even family members. There’s been hard days/weeks/months that I have questioned our homeschooling decision and have had to remind myself why we do this!
I’m glad to have had a “heads up” that these questions would be coming. And, I am so thankful that I had some ideas about how to handle them. There’s a good chance that if your family homeschools, you have already had to defend your choice or will at some point. If you’re a new homeschooler, expect these questions and prepare for them.
Answer with Scripture:
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
For more Scripture concerning home education http://biblereasons.com/homeschooling/
Homeschooling is most logical way my family can fall into obedience to these parenting instructions from the LORD.
Answer with facts and statistics:
According to http://www.homeschoolfacts.com/index.php :
- Ninety-five percent of homeschoolers had an adequate comprehension of politics and government, compared to 65% of U.S. adults.
- Seventy-one percent of homeschool graduates participate in ongoing community service activities, including politics, compared to 37% of adults in similar ages.
- Eighty-eight percent of HS graduates are members of organizations (community groups, church, or professional organizations) compared to 50% of U.S. adults.
- Significantly, 76% of homeschool graduates voted in a national or state election within the past 5 years, compared to 29 percent of similar U.S. adults.
Answer with, “I do not agree with what public schools teach”
Answer with a list of successful and famous homeschoolers: https://jaizhijourney.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/famous-authors-who-were-once-homeschooled/
Recently I saw a Youtube video series that covers excellent answers to those pesky questions that homeschoolers face. These videos are animated, and quite clever. Even if you are well prepared with Scriptures, facts, and statistics, I still recommend viewing for the fun of it.
For kids (because they get asked about homeschooling, too)