I once read what was meant to be a funny blog post about homeschooling written by a young public school teacher. One of the items on his list of why you should not homeschool your children was that they would feel marginalized when they got to college and discovered the phrase "That's so homeschool" is slang for "socially awkward."
As you can imagine, homeschooling parents by the thousands wrote in to try to set the record straight. There was backpedaling and apologies and qualifications, although it took a couple of years for the writer to understand how really offensive his words were. (He has recently removed the post, although you can read the original here.)
Here's the thing: The homeschoolers I know are, for the most part, regular people. They work and try to create a comfortable home for their families and spend a lot of time and energy making sure their kids get a good education and are able to pursue their own goals.While their methods may be somewhat outside the mainstream, their values are much the same.
But popular culture hasn't caught up to reality. When you see homeschooling characters on TV or in the movies, they are either comic relief or scary outsiders. And as I wrote last week, homeschooling in novels is used as a symbolic way to show a character wants to withdraw from society.
Where are the normal, everyday homeschoolers in pop culture? If you spot any, let me know!
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