I’ve had a few good friends over my lifetime who have chosen to homeschool their kids. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it. Having my boys home all summer is perfect – no schedule, no appointments, no planned mealtimes. Just playing and whatever strikes our fancy at the moment. It doesn’t get much better than that. But having them home, actually having to regulate a schedule and being the only one responsible for their whole education? Oh My. That seems like a huge and somewhat scary task!
The reasons my friends have homeschooled have ranged from living in an area where the public schools were failing to just feeling like it was the best choice for their kids at that point. Their kids, their choice, I don’t judge them for that. In fact, I’m a little envious that they have the organization to pull it off. And, shit, if it came down to it, and the school system wasn’t able to educate my kids for whatever reason, I’d figure it out, keep my kids home and do it myself too.
Responsible homeschoolers are something we don’t hear about much. The success stories get overlooked and we all focus so much more on the loonies. In fact, that’s what I’m doing today as well. There are many of them out there that we could point out and say “If that’s what homeschooling’s about, I want no part of it!” I could tell you stories about a few I met personally that made me say that.
I ran across this video the other day. It will take 1 minute to watch it. I’ll wait.
Now, you’ve GOT to be thinking What. The. Fuck. I was. I’ve watched it at least 10 times, and every time, I still have that same response. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?!?
You know what, I don’t care that this lady has 6 kids and doesn’t believe in using birth control, although I have no idea why she’d want to share such a personal choice with the whole world. As long as she’s able to support and provide for her kids, it’s not my concern.
I don’t care that she chooses to homeschool all of her kids, although that alone seems like a massive undertaking, especially with a little one. I’ve had little ones and know it’s like herding cats to get them to do anything. If she has a schedule down and can manage all 6 of her kids and educate them, she’s a better woman than I am, and my hat goes off to her.
She may or may not be capable of doing those things, but the fact is, she’s not doing them. She’s acting like it’s summer vacation and her kids are home with her. La la la. Let’s study the bible today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
Now, she can study the bible as part of the curriculum if she chooses and I wouldn’t bat an eye. I teach my kids about cooking at home, you might teach yours about shooting guns. That’s what we do as parents – we educate our children. But bible study is not simply part of the curriculum for her. It’s the whole damn thing. That’s a problem.
Did ya catch the part where she said, “We study Genesis through Joshua. Not so hard on math facts. We’re on bible.”? Not so hard with the math facts??? What the hell? We know math isn’t irrelevant. Why would any homeschooling parent Not teach there kids math?!? It boggles my mind.
Wanna know something else that boggles my mind? She’s fucking laughing about it. Ha ha ha! What a funny thought. A kid who doesn’t know 5×5. Ha Fucking Larious. My son is 8 years old, in 3rd grade, in public schools and is working on multiplication. That little girl in the video looked older than that.
So, mom decides since she can’t control everything that happens in school she’s going to keep her babies home, lest they see and hear things I don’t want them to come into contact with. Heaven forbid if they learn that everyone isn’t exactly like us. Good God, surely they can’t find out that people have different beliefs! So, she keeps them in the bubble, surely thinking “I can do better than that!” Fine. Then do better. You don’t want to teach Suzie about evolution, even as a theory that some people believe, okay. But for the love of Pete, make sure she receives an education!
The kids here are the ones suffering. The kids are the ones who aren’t getting educated in basic skills, such as math. She has 6 kids for now. Who knows how many more this anti birth control woman will have. She’s “in charge” of educating all her kids, and she’s failing miserably. If she’s not teaching math, what else isn’t she teaching? She didn’t jump in and say “we’re focusing on reading right now.” or “We’re studying science.” Nope, her focus is on the bible.
I do believe parents should retain the right to homeschool their kids, and I believe most of them do it the right way. But the same government that is mandating kids have fucking flu shots, is allowing this woman to fail her children. It makes me sad that little Suzie, and Judy, and Martha, and Jodie, and Molly, and Jr (and all the ones to come), are growing up without basic skills.
Knowing about Adam, Eve, Moses, and Joshua isn’t going to help them in the grocery store. You know what would help them? Knowing if they have enough money for 5 boxes of cereal if each box is $5.