I've heard EVERY ONE of the stereotypes.
|Some are actors|
- Homeschoolers are Weird.
- Homeschoolers are Unsocialized.
- Homeschoolers know nothing about the real world.
- Homeschoolers are Fundamental Denim-Wearing Christians.
- Homeschoolers are Poorly socialized.
- Homeschoolers are ADD.
- Homeschoolers are Over-Protected.
- Homeschoolers are SUPER Smart Geniuses.
- Homeschoolers can't make it in "regular" school.
- Homeschoolers only befriend other homeschoolers.
- Homeschoolers are Hippies.
Why is it OK to stereotype homeschoolers?
|Some are ZANY|
In the media, homeschoolers are often portrayed with these same stereotypes. It's boring, frankly. Can't anyone THINK for themselves? Have you taken the time to actually speak to some homeschoolers to find out about their lifestyle?
ACTUALLY, the media portrays ALL school-aged kids as shallow stereotypes. So, yeah, we should ALL be aware of that. I dislike the shallow nature of the media in general anyway, and avoid it at all costs.
|Some are CHILLY|
Every single child and adult in the world could be "labeled" if one were so crass as to do this. Which I am NOT. Why are homeschoolers fair game? Why do people actually think they have the right to comment on this major lifestyle decision?
Reading an article, knowing a couple of homeschooling families, or seeing a homeschooler on TV does NOT make you an authority. Dang, I have been homeschooling for almost TEN YEARS and *I* am not an authority. I don't have the unreasonable desire to stereotype anyone, EVEN if I see people who could fit into a stereotype easily.
|Some are curious|
|Some are adorable!|
Yes, she is a Christian. But, no, she was not sheltering her kids, nor were her kids socially awkward. If she had been wearing denim shorts, I would have not known any more about her than the fact that she was cool, in the know, and very active in the community. Her kids were very engaging and not even remotely protected from the real world. I completely enjoyed meeting them.
|Some are sporty|
YOUR use of a stereotype speaks more of YOU than it does of any other person.
At lunch today, I asked the six homeschool kids there how THEY would describe themselves, or describe homeschool kids at a whole.
They answered me with this caveat:
Well, we'll describe KIDS, not just homeschool kids!
Extra Ordin Harry
Have you experienced any negativity for your homeschooling?
What do you do when that happens?
How has it effected your children?