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Debunking the Myths of Homeschooling

March 26, 2013
By kmeep GOLD, Woodbury, New Jersey
kmeep GOLD, Woodbury, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
If you can't laugh at yourself, laugh at other people.
-Tim Hawkins

What sort of things have you heard about homeschoolers? Might it be one (or more) of these?
They are hermits or something
They only are able to socialize with siblings
They don’t know how to dress
They are just…weird
They have no life whatsoever.
They are Mormons or religious freaks
They are total nerds

So one by one, these myths are about to be debunked by a homeschooler who is rather fed up with the stereotypes. I’m not going to say that these are not completely false, there may be a few homeschoolers who live up to these stereotypes, but that is a total minority.

Stereotype #1: Homeschoolers are sheltered or hermits because they never leave their house.
Oh, I leave my house. Let’s see, Mondays are mainly free, but my piano lesson on Tuesday, and oh, let me think, Drama class on Wednesday, then I usually go over to my friends’ house or they come over here, Thursday is our homeschool co-op, and hmm, on Friday I see my friends or go to my grandparent’s house. Swim class is on Saturday, and there is church on Sunday.
Hermit, you say?
As for sheltered, I’ve never had drugs or alcohol or anything bad like that, so I’m pretty sheltered. Although I wish I was more sheltered because of certain disasters called Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
Stereotype #2: Homeschoolers are only able to socialize with siblings.
I’m a shy-ish person, so I’m not as comfortable around strangers, but I have plenty of good friends and so do most homeschoolers I know of. Okay, time to trot out the caps lock:
All right then, moving on.
Stereotype #3: Homeschoolers don’t know how to dress.
Okay, now you think we wear like skirts down to our ankles and dorky sweater vests? You are sadly mistaken. I don’t know a single homeschooler that wears extremely dorky clothes. We actually dress like you, except maybe better.
Dudes: You do not impress anyone by wearing jeans four sizes too big for you. Wear a belt, girls don’t want to see your underwear…and no skinny jeans either, you look like a girl. Do they sell normal jeans for guys?
Stereotype #4: Homeschoolers are weird.
Uh-huh. You public school stab yourselves in the leg with scissors (true story) and you’re calling us weird? Let’s revise this one, okay?
Stereotype #5: Homeschoolers don’t have a life.
Wow! You’re exactly right! We sit around all day memorizing Latin declensions and working on our quadratic equations.
Not. (See Stereotype #1)
We do fun things; you sit in a classroom all day and do your homework all night. You’re the ones that do schoolwork 24/7, you know that, right?
Stereotype #6: Homeschoolers are religious freaks.
OK, many homeschoolers are religious, but religion doesn’t consume our every thought. I’m a Christian, I go to church every Sunday, I pray and read the Bible, but that doesn’t make me a freak. Plenty of people do that, not just homeschoolers.
Stereotype #7: Homeschoolers are Nerds
Be observant, look around you. Nerds are everywhere, even in public schools. Not all homeschoolers have won the national spelling bee. Just because we’re on the smart side, doesn’t make us all nerds.
So, are homeschoolers still nerds that read the Bible and knit all day while wearing out great-grandma’s hand-me-downs to you? I should hope not, because we have a same amount of a life then you do, except maybe a little more.

The author's comments:
I really can't stand stereotypes.

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on Sep. 17 2013 at 1:58 pm
LegendKeeper DIAMOND, Unadilla, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"What is impossible with man is possible with God." Luke 18:27

yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YESSSSSSSSSS!   Oh, and for the myth that us homeschoolers don't "socialise well", at my local youth group, I walked right up to a public-schooler, said "Hi, (name)" and she walked away, not even looking me in the eye.

on Jul. 11 2013 at 4:29 pm
Superhero_Fan SILVER, Tomorrowland, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Impossible; for How many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?” - Fahrenheit 451

Hahahahahahah!!! Finally! We aren't weird, just because our parents teach us! Some of the stuff wasn't necessarilly true, though. It all depends on the person. If you're really, really, really shy, you might not talk as much. And some homeschoolers don't know how to dress 'in style', but is it really that bad? I mean, when 'in style' means shorts cut up to your bottom, I'd rather be out of style! 
The last thing I have to state is about the nerd thing: I AM A TOTAL NERD!!! But I DO agree, there are nerds elsewhere as well. So thanks for writing this!

MaisyisTopaz said...
on Apr. 30 2013 at 10:10 am
Ha. His name starts with a W.

kmeep GOLD said...
on Apr. 29 2013 at 10:18 pm
kmeep GOLD, Woodbury, New Jersey
17 articles 2 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you can't laugh at yourself, laugh at other people.
-Tim Hawkins

I don't know him personally, but he exists and lives in town. And a public schooler could be wearing weird clothes too.

Maisy D. said...
on Apr. 29 2013 at 10:25 am
You really no a public schooler who stabbed himself in the lef? Once I met a home schooler and they were totaly wore these weird clothes.