Christopher Smith, a homeschool dad in Clarksville, Tennessee has a heartfelt column on why his family homeschools.
- theleafchronicle.com, Clarksville, TN, 31 July 2005 Why do we homeschool? Two words: Square Dancing
- No one, and I mean no one, has the right to teach my son how to square dance.
I can identify with that one. In the 6th grade I broke my foot during Friday afternoon square dancing. I could have lived with that result since I was an exuberant square dancer and the cause of the injury was me landing too hard on my foot and causing a tendon to snap away (I heard the crack) from a teeny bone (about 1/2″ x 1/8″) in the side of my foot that, in the course of normal walking and running, goes unnoticed.
What I still can’t forgive is that no one believed me, at least no one in any position of authority. “Tut, tut. You’ll be fine in the morning.” All four 6th grade teachers ignored me hopping around with one shoe and sock off, completely unable to even let my toes touch the ground because of the pain.
With a little help from my friends, I had to hop to the school office to call my mom because I couldn’t manage to get on the school bus, and she drove to the school, picked me up and took me to the base hospital where, two x-rays later, I was ‘fitted’ with a pearly white cast. It was with no small satisfaction that I arrived at school on Monday morning stumping along with a cast up to my knee. Two months later, in February, I got the fourth cast removed (they kept melting in the snow I couldn’t seem to stay out of). Two months! I told you I broke my foot.
But back to the article after my square-dancing-triggered trip down memory lane. My next favorite reason that Mr. Smith gives for homeschooling is #7, “I believe history is linear.” That was one of my own reasons for dropping the curriculum-in-a-box and following my own homeschooling muse.
The all-time winner has to be the last one. “Besides, we enjoy teaching our children. And that’s reason enough.”