Teens – HEM Q&A

HEM’s Questions & Answers – July-August 2009

I’m begging for some advice from homeschool teens. How do you answer interrogations about why you don’t want to go to public school? And what answer do you give that gets them off your back while still maintaining your “coolness”?

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4 Responses to Teens – HEM Q&A

  1. Dr.T on May 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm


    I felt exactly how you felt years ago as a home-schooled student.
    I never knew quite how to explain why I was home-educated to strangers, teachers,
    peers, and even/unfortunately my family. I often struggled with becoming comfortable with who I was
    and with who my mother was trying to cultivate within me. She saw something in me that was special and needed
    as well as deserved to be worked with and paid special attention to. The publich schools will never do this for you.
    Typically they overlook your uniqeness, your special talents, your intelligence, your value. They only want to create another indoctrinated student,
    who often finds their joy in social activities and society. Home-schoolers are often exposed to more in-depth and valuable experiences.
    They are travelers, future biologists, physicists, psychologists, lawers, and creationists. They are valuable! Home-schoolers are not only educated about
    what’s found in history books, but also about life, about people, about God. The things that matter most is what a home-schoolers life is about!
    Be proud of who you are and who you will probably become.

    Today, as a former home-schooler, I am an aspiring clinical child psychologist. Each day I walk into my classes (in graduate school that is), I feel very fortunate and blessed
    to have gained as much awareness about me and about the world as early as I did through home-schooling. If you ask those peers of yours who challenege you daily on why you’re home-schooled why they think
    it’s “uncool” you will more than likely receive a shallow and narrow-minded response. They are only repeating what they’ve heard adults who are uninformed about home-schooling say.
    In fact, you may be surprised as to how much they would really like to be you today! They would probably really like to have parents who cared about them as much as yours do to home-school you.
    When I would be faced with peers challenging my education, I would remind myself just how blessed I was to not be like them.

    Good luck!

  2. tawn on June 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I usually put it very bluntly.
    I say school sucks!
    Nobody ever argues that because at some
    point we all think that.(And usually
    after you tell them that they don’t
    bring the up the subject ever again.)

  3. Rae on June 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I usually say, this year at my school there were no fights, no one got knocked up, no one was arrested, nobody did drugs, the teachers didn’t have sex with the students, I don’t shower in front of strangers, and the cafeteria serves fresh healthy food.

  4. Abi (age 13) on June 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t recall how many times I’ve had to answer that question. But after many times, my answer has become easy and simple: As a homeschooler, I have the freedom to work at my own pace, no matter how far ahead or behind in a subject I may be. As for keeping the “coolness,” I give them an example of how far ahead I am in American History and watch as they look at me like I’m some awesome genius. It’s quite entertaining, actually.