Over the years, I have suffered through many conversations with people who are, at best, skeptical, of homeschooling and homeschoolers. Their logic is often flawed, based on a lack of information and a lack of, well, rational thinking. As I mentioned awhile back in "Oh, Really", I have tried hard in many of these conversations to answer without offending. I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize that I was worrying about offending people who weren’t worried about offending me!!
Well, in a conversation not long ago, I found rational thinking in a very unexpected place. I was attending a homeschool convention in Wichita, Kansas, and was checking into my hotel. The desk clerk was a very pleasant, very….let’s see, how to be nice here….unusual looking young man. Let’s just say he was really into weird hair styles, tattoos, and body piercings. But he was a VERY personable, very engaging kid.
As he checked me in, he asked a question he probably asked many times every day.
"What are you doing in Wichita?"
I replied that I had come to attend a homeschool convention.
"Oh, do you homeschool?"
"Yes, I’ve homeschooled my children for the last 16 years".
"Wow, that’s cool. I’ve heard of that. Don’t you worry about how your kids will get socialization?"
Honestly, it kind of cracked me up to hear that question from this particular young man, but I stiffled a smile and began to give my standard answer.
But he cut in before I had a chance to finish.
"Wait, forget I asked that." He grinned. "I’m the most socially maladjusted person I know, and I went to public school, so I guess it’s kind of a dumb question isn’t it?"
I think maybe I’ll go get a tattoo.