In her September-October column, Unschooled Girl, Kate Fridkis writes about bullying… Some people think that being bullied is a normal part of childhood. This grown unschooler is really glad that she didn’t have to go through it, and she thinks being homeschooled is a good way to avoid facing bullies.
Unschooled Girl, An Unschooled View On Bullying by Kate FridkisOnce, a girl teased me about my nose. She said she had a friend whose plastic surgeon father could “fix that.” I was fourteen, and no one had ever said anything that mean to me, despite the fact that my nose had a bump on it. I stood perfectly still, unable to respond, and the homeschooled ten-year-old girls I’d been talking with sprang into action.
“Her nose is beautiful!”
“Leave her alone!”
“Why are you so mean?”
She was wearing a school uniform. A pleated skirt. The whole deal. We had never met her before today, and her brother was new to the homeschooling group. He’d been taken out of school because of some mysterious behavioral issues that none of the mothers would clarify. He ran around bopping other kids over the head with a toy light saber.