Yesterday we were listening to talk radio, as we do often, and there was a story about a man who applied for a job, received the job offer, and it taken away before he started after the company found out he was home schooled. Of course the man, who’s name is not in the article, is suing. The company has come up with every excuse possible for why they took the offer away. One of the claims was that he does not have a traditional high school education or GED. Now here is the kicker, this Ohio man has years of experience in the field and has a college education to boot. It appears he did not graduate from college but that really does not make a difference in this case, since he has been working in the field for years. When you think logically, if he went to college at all his home school education must have been recognized or he would not have been accepted into a college.
I was not so much as upset about the situation when I heard about it. What I was pissed off about was the moronic claims that the radio host, who I generally like, and some callers were making. The radio host stated that he would not give the job to a home schooler because he would be concerned about their socialization skills. He stated that he would need to meet the parent of the adult, who was home schooled, before deciding whether or not the person would be able to handle the job. Of course, you must be socialized to do good job at a skill, I guess. Socialization!! I am so sick and tired of hearing about socialization. Get over yourselves already. Just because our kids sit at home and learn instead of in some hot box with a bunch of other kids does not mean they are not going out in the world and communicating and socializing with other human beings. Can you be anymore small minded? A home school mom called in and got frustrated when asked, “How do yo socialize your kids? How do you make sure they can hold up socially in society as adults?” She tried to answer the question by giving a little background into the idea that home school kids finish a school day faster than regular school children and have time for activities with others, but the radio host continued to interrupt her, because he wanted her to get straight to the point. Because she did not get straight to the point he belittled her and questioned her ability to educate her children. This got me really upset.
Here is the skinny for all you judgmental Neanderthals out there that politely and underhandedly talk crap about us home schoolers. Don’t be so concerned about our children being socialized, worry about how your children are being taught all kinds of inappropriate behaviors because they are surrounded by all the peer pressure from their peers, that are being raised differently, than they are in your household. Check the statistics on drug use on public and private school children and home schooled children. I am not worried about drug abuse in my house. We socialize our kids just fine. We do not stay in the house all day and never leave. We spend at most four hours on school then we go out in the world and explore life with our children. We get together in groups and have field trips and park days, where all ages of children get together to play and socialize. The big kids and the little kids learn how to behave around each other and how to interact with different age groups along with the same. We get together and do community service projects together a lot. How often do your kids work on giving back and doing something nice for others? Our old school only did one community service project a year from what I remember. This year we have done quite a few and are coming up with one of our own. How much busy homework does your child do a day? My child does not do homework unless of course she slacks one day and does not finish in time. She is human after all. She’s not perfect. She spends her afternoons playing, creating and resting. Sometimes she reads and other times she draws and paints. When she does not do that, she watches TV or plays with her toys. All healthy normal behavior for an eight year old. The only difference between my kid and yours is she has much more time on her hands to be productive than your child. Tonight we will try to make a new desert I found on You Tube.
No home schooler should be judged or discriminated against because their parents had the wear with all to sacrifice whatever needed to be sacrificed to give their children the best education they could possibly receive. A parent cares more about their children’s education more than any teacher ever could. I’m a teacher. I care deeply about how well my students learn but my desire for them to succeed is not at the magnitude of their parents. Home school students should not be judged or discriminated against because their parents cared enough to want to make sure that their children did not pick up the behaviors they do not approve of in schools, teach them morality that suits their family, and make sure that they are taught the values they find to be important. We do not judge you for allowing your kids to run around doing and saying whatever they want in a rude and disrespectful matter. Sounds judgmental doesn’t it. What is respectful for me is not always going to be respectful for you however, I would not turn your child away from a job because they went to public or private school. I would turn them away because you did not teach them proper manners which would make them a problem in the work place.
Let’s all check back in about 10 years when the number of home school kids grows and doubles in size. Then let’s check back when they all graduate and see how many got into college and how many thrived. Then let’s check back again 10 years after that and see how many of our “unsocialized” kids fair in society compared to the kids that were taught to fit in a tiny box, were overworked, over stimulated and taught the values of the Disney Channel shows, the fashion of dressing more grown up than you are, and bowing down to the bully, because the bully has feelings too. We need to give the bully redemption and be more Christ like, while they are beating the crap out of the other kids in school. By high school some victims of the bullies have committed suicide, because the “Mean Girls” have gotten meaner and meaner because they have been allowed to be mean their entire lives, because no one held them accountable. Yeah! I am proud to say that I am much happier home schooling my kid. It may not be your cup of tea and that’s okay. This is America where we all can be different. Just keep one thing in mind, look at what is happening in your backyard before you decide to cast a stone at someone Else’s backyard. You may find that that person is intelligent and brave enough to show you where things are wrong in your yard. Embarrassing thought isn’t it. Exactly! Learn to accept people and embrace the difference. Don’t speak out of your ignorance, It just makes you sound like a moron.
There are more families choosing to home school their kids than send them to public school or private. More and more families are pulling their kids from their schools to home school because of many different reasons but the major ones are: the quality of education is not to their standards and the quality of children and the environment is not of their standards.
What are your views on this subject? Should a person be turned away from a job because they were home schooled? Should home school children be treated differently? I would love to hear what you have to say on this.