An actual conversation I had at a party last night:
Her: You homeschool, don't you? Serious lack of pause. What about socialization? Another lack of pause. You're kids are always so friendly to me.
Me: You know, socialization is just not a problem. In fact, sometimes the problem is that they are so social, as you mentioned, that it takes us longer to get from one place to another.
Her: I just am such a tremendous supporter of public schools. You should support the schools in your neighborhood. When my kids were ready for high school, we moved to a nicer neighborhood with one of the best schools in the country so that they could get a great education at a public school.
How do you expect your kids to get into college with a transcript and without the test scores?
Me: Actually, colleges are pretty excited to get homeschoolers nowadays...
Her: Well, you know the testing nowadays is out of control. All the teaching is done for the testing. It's crazy. Kids just aren't getting a well-rounded education anymore with all the teaching to the test.
Me: Well, that is one of the advantages...
Her: I'm just such a strong supporter of public schools, you know. I wouldn't even consider a private school. That's why we moved -- to find the best public school we could find. It's best to support the public schools right in your own neighborhood.
Me: Are those strawberries over there?
Have any of you had similarly head-swirling conversations about homeschooling?
|my asocial son, jamming with a group of adults at a monthly folk jam|