Monday, October 20, 2014
Oh my goodness, I just had half a screen's worth of a blog post that just disappeared. Somehow in one second I highlighted and deleted the whole thing. That might have been the Holy Spirit protecting me from myself because I was getting as controversial as I ever do on here, but I'm a glutton for punishment so I'm going to press on. This morning I read a popularish blogger's post refuting another blog post/ article about homeschooling. One of the reasons given to not homeschool in the comment section brought up homecoming and prom. I find it so peculiar when people with single digit aged kids use this excuse to not homeschool. I mean I don't think anyone really uses it as an excuse not to homeschool, but to even throw it into the mix seems terribly odd to me. I am not one of those "I didn't go to my prom anyway" kind of people. I LOVED that stuff (still do actually). When we were juniors, my friend Cindy and I referred to our upcoming junior prom as "the biggest night in our lives up to this point". Interestingly my teenagers have each attended at least a prom or homecoming (and they each plan on more), Jake, likewise will be all over that stuff. But number one, they've had tons of nights in their lives much bigger than those events and number two, this isn't even my point, it's just a segue (I looked that up, it should be right even though spell-check is telling me otherwise). My actual point is this... a facebook friend who I actually haven't met in person yet (her son and Jake are in band and theatre together and she kinda does for the band what I kinda do for the theatre) posted last week that she is considering pulling her middle schooler out of public school and homeschooling him. A mutual friend (who I actually know and love in real life) (who is firmly entrenched in the public school camp) commented "how sad". Um, no, not sad! A presumably well thought out decision of a family trying to do what they see as best. This is certainly not a one-way street. When Jake went to public school last year, there were plenty of homeschoolers (or at least one really loud one) who had the same "how sad" reaction. Um again...NO! Have we really come to a point in our society where if people don't make the same decisions that we do it is sad? Really?? There are all kinds of sad things out there. Sickness, poverty, war, etc... How a loving family prayerfully chooses to educate their children is not one of them.