About Rest for the Weary

I hope you will find this little spot a place of rest and refreshment for your soul. My intention is to build up women in the trenches of homeschooling. This includes veterans who are burned out and former homeschooling moms who have decided for one reason or another to put some or all of their children in school. Thanks for stopping by. Take a deep breath of refreshment for your weary soul.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Homeschooling myths

I found an interesting series of blog posts about the myths of homeschooling.  (part 4 is here; it didn't work for me in the first link.) This is not what one might expect, though.  It is about myths that homeschoolers are perpetuating about how great homeschooling is.  (while hiding the hard, bad stuff)  I don't agree with everything stated here (the author is pro-homeschooling and Christian, but it might not seem like it because he is quite blunt), but I am glad someone is speaking about the hard parts of homeschooling instead of painting it as a cure all to all of societies ills.  Some homeschoolers set homeschooling up as an idol and don't want any of the bad to leak out.  Pride can run deep, and I think we need to acknowledge the difficulties that this choice brings (along with all of the good) instead of covering it up and pretending problems don't exist. And I think it is time that people quit thinking they are somehow better parents because they homeschool or that it is the only good choice.  Below are several other links to posts about people who have left homeschooling.  Some are about how they were treated negatively by other homeschoolers because they left homeschooling behind.

homeschooling burnout

I lost the homeschool battle

Why we're dropping out of homeschool

homeschooling guru sends her kids to public school

Why I do not homeschool

Now, just so I make this known, I am pro-homeschooling, if that  is working for everyone involved, including mom.  However, now I believe that other choices can work just as well and each family must discern where God is leading them.  I am no longer the homeschooling nazi police.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, hope you don't mind me commenting. I actually have been homeschooling for 3 years and my husband and I have decided to send our kids to a Catholic school this year. I am very done with teaching that do not want to cooperate and I have also realized how socially unhealthy we were all becoming. So it is nice that this is posted(support somewhere) hope you don't mind but I am going to browse around a little

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  2. Hello! I found your blog because I had commented on Jimmie's Collage a couple of years ago. I am for parent directed education--meaning we have choices and we need to make choices. After 10 years of homeschooling my children, they were all placed into public school this year. It was a scary decision--but the right one. I think I bought into the homeschooling lie. Not that I think homeschooling is bad; remember, I am for parent directed education. But it just wasn't working for us anymore. I wanted to scratch my eyes out. We were all dying. I am still very involved in their education, but I get to be MOM! That was my job first and foremost with them. I have looked around your blog a little and look forward to reading some more.

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