Thoughts on Home Schooling

I have a two year old and a five month old. With all the insanity happening in schools today–all the political correctness, every child must have a trophy, no child left behind, revisionist history and inability to step outside the script colleges hand to you as you head out into the world–my husband and I are seriously considering home schooling.

Everyone we talk to about it says something like…”Yes, but home-schooled kids are…” fill in the blank. And, honestly, that is something I relate to the home schooled set too. And then I remember that I don’t actually know any kids who are home-schooled. I don’t think I’ve ever met any kids who were home-schooled…so why do I feel that home-schooled kids are awkward? Is it because society has told me this? Is it because all of the made-for-tv movies I have seen espouse this? Is it because the public school system wants us to believe this? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer. I do know that I am going to shed this belief that home-schooled kids are socially awkward and seriously explore that option.

Yet whenever I think about it I get scared and worried that I don’t have what it takes to home-school the boys. How will I teach them math, science when I was an English major with little to no interest or ability in those subjects? What if I can’t figure out how to teach them what they need to know? I’m terrified of giving up, failing at something so important. And, as much as I try to overcome this…I worry about what people will think.

Has anyone out there had any experience with home-schooling…good and bad?

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