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Dealing With Opposition to Homeschooling

Though the homeschool community has grown by leaps and bounds since the days of Ray & Dorothy Moore, there is still opposition to learning at home. As a homeschooling mom myself I often hear negative comments.

"If you are not a teacher you are not qualified to homeschool."

"Your kids won't have socialization skills...they will be awkward members of society."

"How you can teach your kids Algebra or Calculus if these are your own weak areas?"

"Homeschoolers are religious fanatics!"

 Where does this opposition come from and why?

Opposition comes from a variety of sources. Those associated with public schools often oppose homeschool, believing they know what’s best educationally for each family. They cite the cost to the district in funding lost for each child educated at home. But, actually, according to National Home Education Research Founder Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., homeschooling costs taxpayers thousands of dollars less. Mention that tidbit the next time someone opposes homeschool. Money speaks a universal language.

Public school teachers and their associated unions have often opposed homeschooling in the past. Most educational unions with ties to the public school system oppose homeschool and give a range of reasons. Lack of socialization for one- which if you look at the awful way some kids in ‘traditional’ schools behave it’s mind boggling that those are the kids they want yours to ‘socialize’ with.

Not learning properly used to be the forefront of the anti-homeschool cry from opposition but as homeschooled students have consistently outscored their public school peers in percentile points when tested, that cry has all but died down.

What about well meaning people who don’t know what homeschooling means and are contrary to the idea because it’s not familiar to them? Keep in mind that people are often leery of what they don’t understand or have no experience with. Anything that strays from what’s considered the ‘norm’—traditional schooling down at the schoolhouse- raises questions and concerns.

Don’t waste your time trying to win people over to the benefits of homeschooling. Instead, let test results and research speak for you. Give them links to studies done proving the validity of homeschool and how it works. Let them know many homeschool kids end up going to college and that they have many options. Numerous universities actively recruit homeschooled kids.

What if you have family members who oppose homeschool? That can be a little more delicate to handle, especially when dealing with an older generation. I faced this myself. Out right opposition from family. I heard everything from worry that the kids wouldn’t be ‘normal’ to fear that they wouldn’t be able to communicate.

If you’re dealing with this issue, I suggest giving your family information on how homeschool got started, a list of historical figures who’d been homeschooled and a list of well known people who’ve been homeschooled. That usually opens the door to help family see homeschool as a viable education option.


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Is Homeschooling for You?

Social Interaction for Homeschooled Children

Fieldtrips for Homeschoolers

Lesson Planning for Disorganized Homeschool Moms

Homeschool Science projects

101 Easy Science Projects

Keeping Your Child's Interest

Homeschool and Socialization

Educational Things to Do On Your iPod

Make Math More Fun

Homeschool Resources and Help

What is Unschooling?

Homeschool for Special Needs Children

Art Projects for Homeschooled Children

Social Opportunities for the Homeschooling Mom