My very first post about homeschooling on this blog consisted of shameful rant against the idea for no other reason than a comment on another blog or Facebook page irritated me.
(For the record, I purposely do not include this post in my collection under the tab Our Homeschooling Journey. It's that bad.)
In my defense, I wrote it in February 2011, the baby days of this blog, and it appears that only 50-ish poor souls were subjected to reading it.
The snarkfest included, among other points, this paragraph:
Ooh, your poor pathetic Corralled Sheep Children are in that schoolhouse prison while my Free Range Chicken Children paint, and listen to music, and go to the zoo and the museum, and explore the outdoors, and enjoy books and games, and use their imaginations, and travel, and other have fabulous learning experiences without being tied down to a suffocating schedule.
Here's a link to the original, if you'd care to read it in all it's embarrassing glory:
Don't mind me . . . I'll be over here huddled up in the corner . . . cringing.
Anywho, needless to say, a lot has changed since then.
I could go on and on about how much my philosophy has changed, and how life is so different now, and the very positive influence that giving homeschooling a chance has made on our lives.
However, maybe what I really need to say is that I have grown to appreciate that every family will have a view of educating their children that works for them, and it's not my place to evaluate what other people are choosing, whether that is homeschooling, or using an online academy, or private school, or public school, or Waldorf, or Montessori, or curriculum-based, or relaxed, or unschooling, or whatever.
I will still continue to do what works for my Agents and share our experiences along the way, because no matter how (or where) our children learn we really are all in this together.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.