Fear of home schooling unfounded
The Times and Democrat, South Carolina, By RINEHART CHEWNING, Reminiscing with Rinehart, Saturday, May 28, 2005
About 13 years ago, our son and his wife informed us that they were going to home school their children….
Ann: Ah, I remember so clearly the response of my own dear parents when they learned that not only would I homeschool my two children, but my sister would homeschool her three as well. While they didn’t say much – that was not their way – they were very concerned. They were concerned,that is, until those 5 grandkids started to read and grow up pretty much the same way their schooled cousins were growing up, just with a different approach.
Chewning continues — I suppose the lesson we learned from our initial fear of our grandchildren being home taught is: "If you ain’t tried it, don’t knock it!"
Ann: You know, those words are mighty close to those of my parents to their friends and neighbors when they realized that my sister and I were not doing irreparable harm to the next generation. In fact, what we were doing turned out to be a very good thing. Oh, and one more thing from Chewning…
It takes a lot of patience and education on the teachers’ part. Lest we forget …
Ann: Absolutely. Nor should we forget the many side benefits of living a learning lifestyle. Makes all that patience and on-the-job learning worth while.