Home schooling creates awareness
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Special to Opinions
learned is my name and breaking stereotypes is my game. Society divides
home schoolers into three groups: freakishly smart, freakishly
religious and the socially inept (or any combination of the three). All
social groups have misconceptions; home schoolers are no exception. A
girl asked me recently, “You’re home schooled, right? Are you really
retarded?” Some home school their children because they are behind
other children their age. However, has it ever occurred to anyone that
perhaps I was home schooled because I wanted to be? Before you judge,
let’s think about it. Home schooling offers self-paced curriculum
allowing as much time as you want or need to spend on a given subject,
eliminating unnecessary busy work. Classes are whenever is convenient
for you, which means your history class can begin at midnight.
National Center of Education Statistics says there are 1.1 billion home
schooled students. Home schoolers should be regarded like every other
minority group. If you ##### us do we bleed? Yes, yes we do! All groups
of people have stereotypes. The important thing to remember is it’s
just a stereotype. Don’t be surprised when you
meet an outgoing home schooler that doesn’t dress as if he or she just
got off a farm. Home schoolers vary as much as the 31 ice cream flavors
from Baskin Robins.
be the first to admit there are some home schoolers who get up at 4 in
the morning to study. But athletes also get up early for conditioning
and practice, what’s the difference? Why should the home schooler be
persecuted as a freak while the athlete is praised for being
dedicatied? The truth is there is no difference and both should be
equally recognized for their efforts.
schoolers have to work hard to prove themselves. They’re just as
intelligent (maybe more so, check the studies), sociable and “normal”
as the next college kid. People sometimes think making fun of people
gives them power. Yes, I have some naïve moments, but who doesn’t? Next
time you see a home schooler give them a hug because they’re striving
to fit into the world’s definition of “normal” just like anyone else.
Currently, there are 61 students on campus that are former home schoolers.