Messy Mondays: Seven Lies about Homeschoolers

September 27, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

So, I’m in college now, but before that I was homeschooled. I did all my school at my house. My mom was the teacher, and my dad was the principal. And I know what you’re thinking: Homeschooled? So does that mean you were a genius, or an idiot? Have you ever been outside? Were you locked up in a basement? Did you take yourself to prom in the living room? Yeah, well, that explains your outfit. People were constantly asking me why I didn’t go to “regular” school. Like I was some kind of leper! Obviously there’s a lot of misconceptions about how homeschooling works. So here are the top seven lies about homeschooling, debunked! Number seven: Homeschoolers are really sheltered People think that homeschoolers know nothing about Pop Culture at all. They think they’ve never heard of Lady Gaga, or the coolest, latest movies. But think about how nice that sounds! Living in a world where you don’t know who Lady Gaga is! That sounds like heaven! But it’s not even just Pop Culture! People think that if a homeschooler stepped outside their front door, they would get completely pulverized by the real world. Well you know what? If being shielded from sex, drugs, and alcohol when I was in middle school makes me sheltered, Then yes! I was sheltered! But that doesn’t mean it was like: Dad: Finding Nemo? Son, what have I told you about watching PG-rated movies? Now go grab your Bible, we’re going to Awana. Oh, and speaking of that, Number six: All homeschoolers go to church seven days a week BHK: Hi! I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart! Are you a Christian? Stranger: Y-Yeah? Yeah. BHK: Oh this is joyous news! You wanna come to my church on Sunday? Stranger: I’m…busy, I’m sorry. Okay, that’s no problem, we have a prayer group on Saturday! Stranger: Uh, I’m sorry, I’m busy that time too… BHK: Well you can come on Friday then! It’s true that homeschoolers are probably more likely to be regular church attendees, but that doesn’t make us all like that guy… Number five: Homeschoolers don’t actually do school Some people think that homeschooling is a big, fat, joke. And that kids that are homeschooled, are actually getting a free pass to do nothing. They think their parents are like, “Okay, we’re going to go learn about physics at the amusement park!” “And today’s science assignment: a nature walk in the backyard while mom watches Dr. Oz!” Now I’m not saying that homeschoolers don’t have the best field trips, But c’mon, this is just insulting! That’s like saying that you don’t have clean clothes just because you don’t go to a laundromat to wash them Number four: It’s impossible for homeschoolers to have friends People seem to think that homeschoolers are completely isolated from the outside world. They hear homeschool, and they think that you live on a farm! Or the wilderness… …Or in a log cabin. Just, anywhere that’s an hour away from a WalMart. They think that if they asked a homeschooler who their friends are, the homeschooler would say: “My siblings are my bestest friends. They are all I need.” And while this may be true in select cases, the vast majority of homeschoolers have just as many friends as you do. They just have to go and actively seek out friendships. Number three: Homeschoolers are really shy Josh: Hey, I heard you were homeschooled! BHK: *mumbling* Mhm, yeah, I was, um. Josh: Well that’s pretty cool… BHK: Y-yeah… Josh: Do you like it? BHK: *still mumbling* Uh-huh, yeah, well it was okay… *indecipherable muttering* *cricket noise* We’re not all like that! Like I said, homeschoolers have to actively seek out friendships. So they’re forced to come out of their shell more than other kids. And sure, there are shy homeschoolers, but there’s also shy public schoolers too. What’s their excuse?! There’s nothing wrong with being shy anyways! Number two: And this is the dumbest one of them all… Wait for it… Homeschoolers have no lives Let me get this straight, You spend eight hours a day in a specific classroom at a specific time? Every. Day? And I’m the one that’s missing out on life experiences?! Heeeck no! I got up at six in the morning so I could get all my school done so I could make a tire swing outside. My life is awesome! While you’re sitting in class, I’m outside building a fort with the neighbors. Yeah, they’re homeschooled too. Number one: Homeschoolers do school in their pajamas But THIS, isn’t so much a lie, as it is… a reality… And it is the very, very, very best thing about being homeschooled. So the next time you run into a homeschooler, don’t ask them if they have any friends, just say: “PLEASE, TAKE ME WITH YOU!”