The Elitist Homeschool

Is homeschooling elitist? I would say homeschooling is not.  However, I would add some homeschooling families are.

I have always thought of homeschooling as a privilege.  In our family- we feel lucky to be able to do it. We live simply so that one of us can stay home. I think this kind of sacrifice and scenario is true for a lot homeschooling families. The elitist attitude encompasses more than finance though.  Its the idea that we are somehow better parents, smarter, more educated because we homeschool. In more than a few instances, I have heard a lot of elitist comments from some homeschooling parents about those who ‘won’t’ homeschool, teachers and schools.

 

It is important for all of us to keep in mind that a lot of parents out there may have to work. Maybe they are single parents, maybe they have no patience and recognize their limitations, maybe the schools their children go to are just right for them. Whatever the reason, homeschooling is not for everyone.  And for the many for whom homeschooling would not work, its a wonderful thing that we live in a country that has an established educational system.

 

Not all teachers are bad. It is counter productive to demonize schools and the teachers in them. I know I gained much by going to school. I do not rule out the possibility that my kids may attend school at some point.

 

All we can all do is our best. The reality is there is no perfect education. Most of us just do as best we can.

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