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Vol. XXII
No. 6
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November/December
2006

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We are looking for humorous, warm anecdotes and true stories illustrating that homeschooling is the best educational alternative around.

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DOES THE EARTH REVOLVE AROUND STATE EDUCATION?

Since my youngest daughter has completed our family’s home education program, I have begun substitute teaching occasionally. I was recently subbing in an elementary classroom in a private school of some reputation. The 2nd-grade teacher from the class next door came in to ask me a question, but she prefaced it with, “Now, did you always homeschool, or did you teach in a real school before that?”

“Before I had children I used to teach in a conventional school,” I replied.

“OK, I can ask you this question then. Does the sun go around the earth? Or does the earth go around the sun?”

Surprised, I said, “Well, the earth goes around the sun.”

The teacher still needed clarification: &lduqo;Does the earth go all the way around the sun in just one day?”

”No, no. It takes 365 days for the earth to go around the sun.”

This answer only puzzled her the more, and so I had to explain that we have night and day because the earth is rotating on its axis.

This was a 25-year-old, state-certified teacher. When people tell you your children are missing out, don’t worry about it.

—Linda S. / Scottsdale, AZ
Originally published Jan./Feb. 1997

THE ONLY KIND OF SCHOOL

Even before we had children, my husband and I had decided that we would homeschool them. Our oldest son, Isaac, is now in the 2nd grade, and even though he has friends who are in school, his concept of school is only of a homeschool with Mom and Dad as teachers. This concept became very evident during a history lesson. The lesson discussed the types of communities we live in, showing pictures of various community helpers that he was to identify. I couldn’t help but laugh when he correctly identified them all until he came to the picture of a teacher with a young boy, and he promptly said, “A mommy teaching her son.”

—Kathy M. / Baldwinville, MA
Originally published Jan./Feb. 2000

MY FAVORITE TEACHER

My favorite teacher not only teaches me language, math, science, and history, but also about love, kindness, and caring. She teaches me about life and what is right and wrong. I appreciate my teacher because she decided to homeschool me. In case you haven’t guessed, my teacher is my mom.

—Laura R. (10) / Parlin, NJ
Originally published Nov./Dec. 1999

ONES UPON A TIME

During our first year of homeschooling last year, I worked with my 2nd-grade son on writing simple stories. To my frustration he always insisted he could think of nothing to write about. One day I found this short story lying on my desk. Since then, it has hung on my refrigerator as an encouragement and a reaffirmation of our decision to homeschool. Below is a copy of his handwritten story.

—Nancy S. / Tuscaloosa, AL
Originally published Jul./Aug. 1999

AND WHERE DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

Our family is racially mixed—white mom and dad, and three biracial children, whom we adopted. Some black leaders, especially social workers, have taken a very vocal position against the adoption of non-white children by white couples. Because we also homeschool, I’m sometimes doubly apprehensive when strangers strike up a conversation with our children in public places. (Ever wonder why every checkout clerk needs to ask your children where they go to school?)

One day while shopping, we were next in line behind a lovely black woman in African-looking dress who was chatting with the cashier about her job as a kindergarten teacher. The cashier turned to my children and asked, “And where do you go to school?” I tried not to cringe as my daughter spoke up, “We homeschool!”

Suddenly the teacher whirled on us, jabbing her finger toward my youngsters, and exclaiming, “You! You!” I was quite alarmed at the level of emotion in her voice, but her parting shot was, “You’re lucky! I’m a schoolteacher, and I know why parents homeschool!”

—Lynda S. / Ooltewah, TN
Originally published Nov./Dec. 1998

HIDE YOUR EYES

Our family has been homeschooling for 12 years. We have always voiced to our children our belief that God wants moms to stay at home and “train up” their children, rather than turn them over to others. When our two youngest children were 3 and 1, they were in the middle seat of our van in their car seats as we passed by a busy day care where many children were outside playing on playground equipment. Our 1-year-old began to point to the children and get all excited. The 3-year-old looked carefully at the situation and then quickly put her hand over the 1-year-old’s eyes, saying, “Don’t look, Becka. It’s a DAY CARE!”

—Patricia W. / Goldsboro, NC
Originally published Jul./Aug. 1999

“SOCIAL WORKER AT THE DOOR”

—Bryce M. (10) / Lafayette, NY
Originally published May/June 1998