There are SO MANY lies about homeschool floating around out there. Today I’m going to address the top 10 lies about homeschool that you should be ignoring.
Facebook can get me so worked up sometimes. (Is it just me?)
I get on for just a few minutes to scroll through and see what’s new. Then I end up seeing something I wish I hadn’t. For example: someone giving advice to another mom not to homeschool her children because they will be socially awkward for life.
Oh brother! How many times I have heard that one. We’ll address that later though.
This is my myth busting post about real-life homeschoolers.
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10 Lies about Homeschool You Need to Ignore
1. Homeschool is school at home.
Homeschooling is not the same as doing school at home. When the pandemic started everyone was seemingly “homeschooling.” However, in all honesty… they were just distance learning.
Homeschool life is much different than distance learning pandemic life.
When everything is open we go to the library, the zoo, museums, co-op, and so much more.
Even when we aren’t considering pandemic schooling, homeschool isn’t school at home. We are choosing all of our own curriculum, doing all of the planning, teaching every subject, and grading every assignment.
Some families choose a more traditional school-like approach, but we still aren’t trying to mimick school-at-home. We are trying to homeschool.
2. Your child will be socially awkward.
This is coming from a public schooled, socially awkward human being. I am not socially well-balanced just because I went to public school. In fact, I think it made me more introverted.
My husband is an extrovert in every single way. Most of my children are that way, too & we’ve homeschooled since day 1.
We are all different. We can’t expect everyone to be outgoing & extroverted. There’s a portion of the population that will always be a bit socially awkward. Myself included!
3. Homeschool kids will fall behind.
Nope. Not true.
Homeschool is the perfect way to cater to your child’s educational needs. Homeschool parents can choose multiple grade levels for their child’s curriculum.
Whether they are gifted students or they have learning disabilities, homeschool children have the freedom to work as fast-paced or slow as is needed.
4. You won’t have any friends
This one kind of goes hand in hand with the socially awkward stigma placed on homeschoolers.
There are plenty of ways for homeschoolers to “socialize.” (The dreaded “s” word.)
My children have a lot of friends that they’ve made in our little neighborhood, church, homeschool groups, and etc. (And they vary in ages!)
Read: Homeschoolers and Socialization
5. Homeschoolers miss out on sports.
Some schools will actually let homeschoolers play on local school teams. Our local public school allows homeschoolers to be involved in a variety of sports.
Check with your local public school/city on sports policies. Not all homeschoolers miss out on sports.
6. All Homeschoolers are Weird
There are weird varieties of humans in all school scenarios.
7. Homeschoolers have to get a GED.
I’ve had a million and one people talk to me about how they don’t homeschool because they want their child to have a high school diploma… not GED. I’m not really sure where they get the idea that you have to get a GED when you homeschool, but … homeschoolers can in fact get a high school diploma issued by their parents. That high school diploma is also widely accepted at many colleges.
Here’s a good read on homeschool diplomas: Do Homeschoolers Get a Diploma?
8. All homeschool parents are overprotective.
I had an interesting conversation with a relative about how they thought I was only homeschooling because I was overprotective. (This was back whenever I first started homeschooling.) Am I protective of my children? Yes. I love them.
However, my main reason for homeschooling is not because I want to shelter my children from every little thing this world has to offer.
9. Homeschool parents are lazy.
I’ve personally never encountered this, but homeschool parents are the farthest thing from lazy. I’m sure there are some bad apples out there who homeschool for the wrong reasons, but for the most part, homeschooling parents are very active in their child’s education.
Here’s what homeschool parents do:
- get to know their child’s learning styles
- handpick their curriculum
- buy the supplies
- create schedules and plans
- teach their children
- and SO MUCH MORE!
10. They will never survive in the real world.
First of all… What is the “real world” even??? I personally feel like homeschoolers are more prepared for the real world than public school students. They’re submerged in real life on a daily basis.
Homeschoolers learn life skills, how to socialize with all ages, and how to manage their time effectively.
I went to public school & even took home ec. I didn’t feel prepared at all for the “real world” when I was living on my own. I feel like being homeschooled would’ve been a big help in that department when I see all of the things my kids learn on a daily basis.
What lies about homeschool have you heard?
If you’ve heard any crazy lies about homeschool, leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear them.