A home schooling myth busted, 2 October 2007, Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish, South Dakota
Long-time readers know that my wife and I homeschool our children.
[Homeschooling has] been around as long as America has been, and even before. As our nation expanded westward, often the only education children in remote areas received was what parents were able to provide. Abraham Lincoln was home schooled for a time as a youth and is often pointed to as one of homeschooling’s most famous contributions to society.
During a recent office outing I was confronted by a woman who had been listening in on a conversation I was having with a new employee about my family. In that conversation I’d mentioned we homeschooled our children, and that’s when the eavesdropper interrupted. She was most concerned that our children were being deprived of valuable social interaction with children their own age by our keeping them out of the public school system. In all our years as home educators, this is the most common objection we encounter to what we do, and it is also the most baseless.
posted by Valerie