It’s presented as easy to jump into, especially by conservative men talking out of their hats, but there are numerous obstacles and regional barriers. A few of the more common ones are listed below. Actually, this should be an ongoing series, with each one its own post. A project for another time. For now here’s the capsules.
- “Just go join a co-op!” LOL. As if they’re listed in the phone book, or posted at your local church (if you even have a local church, the commuter-Christian phenomenon is painfully familiar and common, and has been for much of American history). The existence of contact information does not prove the co-op is open to new families. The lack of contact information does not prove the co-op is closed to new families. This is, needless to say, confusing as all get out, especially considering the state the average Christian SAHM is in. Sure, I’ll take my sleep-deprived, pregnant self around to ten or twenty churches and ask about their homeschool co-ops, towing my four kids under 5 behind me. Or I’ll compose a dozen emails because doesn’t every homeschool co-op have a well-designed website with contact information and details of how the co-op works prominently labelled? Oh, oh, wait, wait, let me make PHONE CALLS while KIDS SCREAM IN MY EAR.
- “You can easily homeschool older kids with littles around!” ROFLMSMBO (rolling on the floor laughing my shiny metal butt off). Not really, no. It’s hard to end up with the mix of personalities that would allow this to be possible, and what is rare and unusual at best is all too often presented as a normal, reasonable expectation in homeschooling. But everyone lies. It’s just not real.
- Not distinguishing between HomeSchool and School at Home. The latter is just a way to bring all the ridiculous pedagogy from public school into your house for no gain and a lot of needless hassle.
- “It’s always superior to public school!” LOLOLOLOL. The homeschool vanguard, with exceptionally well-educated mothers who had access to classically trained elites (because that was their cousin or uncle) could not produce employable children. They couldn’t even produce the army of little Lee Kwan Yews they were very convinced they would end up becoming the new elites.
Brought to you by my attempts to find other homeschoolers locally and the honest experiences of homeschoolers online and off when it’s just us ladies realtalking while the kids run around.