Guest Blogger Pam Heilman is sick of being compared to religious fanatics just because she homeschools her three kids.
It appears that one type of person you can stridently criticize and insult these days with impunity is me, a Christian homeschooler. I suppose with the news from Eldorado, Texas religious people are more suspect, but religion does not always play a part in a choice to homeschool, nor does isolation.
In fact raising accomplished, independent children is my aim. Despite the fact that there are people, including Governor Schwarzenegger, who have come to
the defense of homeschoolers, others have made it clear they believe homeschoolers are homespun whackos who want to churn their own butter and teach creationism.
I actually teach my children at home (and I do buy butter at a store) because I am better at it than a state institution or a private school. We do our work during school hours and there is no homework, thus they have plenty of time to pursue things they love.
As annoying as it will make me appear, I actually enjoy my children. I have discovered that the more time you spend with your children, the more pleasant they are as people because you are the major influence in their lives.
I understand that homeschooling is not for everyone, and that is OK. It's probably not for every child either, but when it works, it is not a form of child abuse, but a loving gift that gives some children the one-on-one attention that helps them reach their full potential. With no private school payments, no homework, and kind intelligent children to love, educate and raise, I often wonder, who's the whacko?