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Are Homeschoolers “Weird”?

06 Sep

Looking at One Homeschoolers Take on Weirdness

Perhaps you’ve heard that homeschoolers are, well, “weird.” But with the rapidly growing population of homeschoolers in the US, can they really be that weird? Many times because someone chooses a different path than what is typical in society they are deemed “weird.” But what does that mean?

 

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According to http://dictionary.reference.com/ the word weird means,

Weird, Adjective

1. involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
2. fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup.
3. Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
Given these meanings one is to assume that the word is referring to definition #2. Because let’s face it homeschoolers are not unearthly or supernatural. Are homeschoolers fantastic? Are they Bizarre? That would most likely be in the eye of the beholder.
Today we are sharing with you a recent article written by Caleb Colley discussing his perspective on “weird” homeschooers,  Be sure to click the “See More…” link at the bottom of this preview to read his entire article.
He is the son of Glen and Cindy Colley. Caleb and his sister Hannah were homeschooled as children. 

On “Weird” Homeschoolers by 

As found on RESTORE: New Testament Christianity Today

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I was homeschooled for most years of school up until the time I went to college. I do not worry much about how homeschoolers are perceived by the wider culture because: (1) If I worried about every worrisome view held by the “wider culture” I would need to go to a therapist regularly. (2) I am old enough and far enough along in my undergraduate, graduate, private, and public education that I am rarely known as a “homeschool kid” anymore. Still, I am an advocate of homeschooling for the following two general reasons: (1) It allows Christian parents to more easily and predictably develop spirituality in their children. (2) It has the potential to be a far superior method of education due to very small student-teacher ratios, and the flexibility to pursue the students’ research interests. I do not believe it is a sin for parents to choose options other than homeschooling (for some parents there is norealistic option other than public education), but in general homeschooling is the best expedient for helping children to have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).

Some allegations against homeschooling are easily and straightforwardly refuted by objective data. For example, if you think that homeschooled kids can’t get into college, can’t get hired, or can’t learn unless their parents have multiple degrees and teaching certificates, then you haven’t seen the numbers.1

On the other hand, there is one major allegation with which we can’t dispense so quickly. This is the notion that homeschooled kids are weird, awkward, or nerdy, because they lack proper socialization. Obviously, I can’t refer you to statistics about weirdness or lack thereof. (I laugh to think about how one might conduct a survey on this topic.) Admittedly some homeschoolers are, usually like their parents, uncomfortable socially. I remember being around a few homeschooled kids when I was in high school and being apprehensive about possibly turning out “weird” like them. (Of course, there were plenty more kids who went to public or private schools who made me far more nervous.)

To the charge, “Homeschoolers are weird,” I would like to respond in approximately these ways:  See More…

Caleb went on to graduate from Freed-Hardeman University with both a B.A. and a B.S. followed with an M.L.A. from Faulkner University. He currently is working on his Ph.D. in Philosophy. Caleb works for Apologetics Press. You can find more of Caleb’s writing on his blog Restore, found at calebcolley.com, where he discusses “…how Christianity can be restored in various aspects of life.”

— Article written by Team Member: Renée Brown

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Encouragement, Homeschool, Parenting

 

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