How to Handle Homeschool Nay-Sayers

by Isabel Allen

Everyone will run into at least one person, maybe more, who will tell them that they shouldn’t homeschool. The decision to homeschool often isn’t popular, and isn’t an easy one to make. Dealing with homeschooling nay-sayers will have to be dealt with ahead of time, and the choice in how your child is educated is entirely up to you.

A quintessential arguments of a homeschooling nay-sayer is that regardless if you have a Degree in Education or not, you are not qualified to teach your own child. To this argument, I say bull-crap! If you’re a parent, you’ve already been teaching your child since birth to walk, talk and use the restroom by themselves. If you and your spouse could teach them those skills, why wouldn’t you be able to teach them how to read or do math?

Besides being “unqualified,” other nay-sayers will tell you that teaching a child is too difficult. What I find even more difficult is the thought of having to teach with 18-20 five and six year olds several subjects all in one day. That is a difficult job; teaching one child to read is not. You can do it!

Another argument you might hear if you’re trying to decide if you want to homeschool is that the children need socialization. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I want my children to learn all of the things they learn at school. Of course, all of the lessons aren’t given by the teachers. Many are learned as the result of being with other children.

To this argument, I say that homeschooled children are better socialized than 95% of the children in public schools. Besides being able to deal with their peers, homeschooled children can carry on intelligent conversations with people of all ages. Public schools create artificial societies and these societies are not true to life. Besides public education, there isn’t a time at any other point in your life that you’re going to deal with people all your age. It just doesn’t happen, and it won’t happen, either.

During the research process of homeschooling your child, there are a few comments that you will be likely to hear. It is okay if you do not know everything you’re told you need to know. As you are along side your child, that that as an opportunity to learn. You want the best for your child, and you will be giving them the opportunity to concentrate on the things they are interested in learning and learn at their own pace.

About the Author: