Writing on her blog, Tape Flags and First Thoughts, Su Penn explores, the nature of kids, school and us adult humans:
This morning I was thinking about a long note I wrote on Facebook a few months ago, about how we homeschool. When I posted it, I knew that there would be at least a couple of people who would not be able to resist posting a comment or sending me an e-mail about “this one homeschooling family they know” and how wrong and neglectful and abusive they are, and how terribly their kids are turning out, and this is why they just don’t support homeschooling. “I’m gonna de-friend anybody who writes me about that,” I said to myself. And I did. I de-friended two people who were guilty of the “this one homeschooling family I know” fallacy.
This is not an anti-school rant, though. It’s about how quick people can be to blame homeschooling if something is going badly with your kids–or anybody’s kids. School is so widely accepted that individual kids’ problems with it are seen as just that: individual problems that ought to be addressed within the school system. But individual homeschooled kids’ problems are seen as a problem of homeschooling per se, and sometimes as an indictment of homeschooling altogether.
Worth the read: It’s Not the Homeschooling