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Homeschool Stereotypes

10 Aug

Here’s an amusing tongue-in-cheek video by Tim Hawkins!

The Homeschool Family

It is surprising the stereotypes that exist about homeschoolers:

  • the girls always wear denim jumpers, have long hair, and don’t wear make-up
  • they are socially backward
  • they raise some kind of livestock or poultry or both
  • they are uber-religious
  • they have a minimum of eight children
  • they eat only organic food, make their own clothes, and entertain themselves by having family sing-alongs around the piano
  • either spend their school days reading books published before 1900 OR playing “educational” video games

Some of these stereotypes are grounded in the truth and there is nothing wrong if any of these fit.  In my homeschooling experience, I have met all kinds from atheists to conservative Christians; from those who set up a school room with traditional school desks and a blackboard to those who let their kids lay on the couch or floor or wherever to do school; from those who actually do wear long denim skirts and have never cut their hair to tattoo-toting, short skirt-wearing, chain-smoking women who have a heart to teach their own kids; from those who have their children do their school work completely via computer or out of a box  to those who follow “unschooling” principles and trust in their child’s natural curiosity to teach them what they need to know.

According to the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the number of homeschooled kids hit 1.5 million in 2007, up 74% from 1999, and up 36% since 2003.   (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-01-04-homeschooling_N.htm)  Certainly the number is approaching 2 million, if not more, as the number of homeschooling families has continued to increase.  With that many kids involved in homeschooling, it is ludicrous to think that they would all fit some mold.

What’s your favorite stereotype and how do you respond to them?