When I first considered homeschooling, I heard concerns from several friends and relatives. Some of them said they were worried about the socialization aspect, while others were a bit more blunt, “Homeschooled kids are weird.”
Now that we’ve been homeschooling for six years, I can see where people who aren’t in the homeschool world would get this stereotype.
We belong to a small homeschool group of about 12 families, and within that group, four kids have been diagnosed as having autism and two I suspect have undiagnosed autism, though I’m not sure. At least four that I know of have dyslexia. Several others have ADHD. Within our small homeschool group, the percentage of students with special needs is much higher than the percentage of those in public schools.
However, it’s not because homeschooling made them “weird.” It’s because, for many families, homeschooling offers families a means to meet their child’s needs that conventional schooling does not.
I’m eternally grateful that homeschooling is available in this country. I’m so glad that we can choose which means of education works best for our special needs kids. Right now, I’m homeschooling two and one is in school. For now, that works for our family.
Who knows, it may change in the future.
If you notice that the kids who homeschool seem unique–either because they have special needs or because they’re gifted or because they just march to a different drummer, be aware that homeschooling did not make them weird–it simply gave them an option to be themselves and learn in the manner that works best for them.
I’m participating in Blogging through the Alphabet. You can find more blogging through the alphabet posts at A Mom’s Quest to Teach.
My Blogging Through the Alphabet Special Learners edition posts:
C – Change
D – Dyslexia
E – Exhaustion
F – Fellowship
G – The Good Doctor