Dear Homeschooler Who Wishes They Went to Public School,
Hi there, I’m sure the title of this post caught your attention, right? I’m writing to you – the homeschool student who bulks at the fact that they aren’t in public school with their friends, or just want to know what it’s like to go to a “real” school.
But I am here – as someone who attended public school, and was homeschooled – to help you understand just how blessed you are to be homeschooled!
I went to public school for 2nd-4th grade. I remember coming home daily in 3rd grade, crying, because the girls were just so mean. They were your friend one day, and the next day they wanted nothing to do with you. When I would tell that to some people – mostly publicly schooled people – they would say, “Oh, that’s normal”.
WHY?! Why is that normal? People should be your friend because you like them, and they like you – not because you’re cool, or you have something to give them. You shouldn’t have to wake up in the morning and think, “I wonder if blah-blah is going to like me today?”
This is not normal – this is sad. But it’s the world we live in, and it’s become so typical that we don’t even blink an eye at it.
I hated waking up in the morning – after a less than good night of sleep – and having to get ready to ride the bus five minutes to my school, where I’d sit in a classroom for 7 hours a day, and learn what they thought I needed to learn. In 4th grade, I had the same teacher for math and science – and we only did math. We never once touched our science book. How is that a good, quality education?
Then there’s the myth going around that you can’t be socialized unless you’re in public school – Unsocialized Homeschoolers, anyone? But, the only time for socializing in public school was during recess, where I wasn’t sure if I even was going to have friends. And by high school, recess doesn’t even exist. So why is it that we’re expecting to get good social time in when we only have time for “learning”?
When Mom decided to pull me out of pubic school and teach me at home, I was so excited. Not only did I have time to do things again – things other than homework and sleep – I also knew that I was going to be able to pick my own work-schedule. I could sleep in ’til 9 every day, and still be done with school before the public school kids.
So, now, dear homeschooler, I want to list all the reasons you should be glad that you’re homeschooled – ’cause there are a lot of them.
- Your parents love you so much that they decided they didn’t want you in public school. They wanted you to be taught by them, because they know you better than anyone else.
Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
- You can pick your own courses – You don’t have to just take what the public school has to offer, instead you can pick what you WANT to do.
I didn’t want to take physics, so I didn’t – I took Marine Biology instead. I didn’t want to take algebra two and geometry, so I didn’t – instead I took consumer and business math. You have the option of doing exactly what you want to do, and you don’t have to worry about being bored or hating your classes.
- You can do school anytime during the day. I loved to sleep in and not start school until late morning, but then I was done by around 2 in the afternoon. The scheduling was totally up to me – and what I had going on that day. My sister, on the other hand, likes to do school late at night when my brother is in bed so that she can concentrate. With homeschooling, she can do that.
- You can do field trips during the week when no one else is there! My family LOVED to go on field trips – we’d go on a field trip usually once a month! It was so fun – and on a weekday, so the place was empty. We enjoyed Hershey Chocolate World, the pretzel factories – heck, we even counted Disney World for field trips.
- On a less serious – but totally serious – note, you can do school in your pajamas. This is probably the BEST – just kidding, but totally not kidding – thing about being homeschooled. There really is nothing better than not having to get dressed for school.
Homeschooling is REAL school. You should never say, “I wish I could go to REAL school”. ‘Cause you’re really schooling at home.
Next time you say that – especially in front of your parents – think about what you’re saying. They’re taking the time – and spending the money on schoolbooks, etc – to school you in such a way that you’ll be ready for the world, and you’re treating it as if it’s not good enough.
Your parents are making a huge sacrifice. If you don’t realize it now, you’ll realize it when you have kids of your own and understand just how much they did for you.
But try to figure it out sooner – and thank them for it.
PS – watch this video if you need another reason to love homeschooling!