Anti-Homeschooling: Dealing With Opposition

Got someone in your life who's anti-homeschooling? When close friends or family members disagree with your decision to teach your children at home, it can be very disheartening.

There will always be those who disagree with home-based education. Many continue to believe the homeschooling myths like: children won't be socialized, develop properly, or be prepared for the "real" world, whatever the "real" world is!

Others just don't like the fact that parents can succeed at overseeing the total development and education of their children without the need of professional educators or trained officials.

As a homeschooling parent, it's not uncommon to feel inadequate at times; you may wonder if you really can educate your child, or if you made the right decision. If you have a significant person in your life who openly voices their opinion against homeschooling, you may continue to doubt yourself and end up believing that you can't educate your child.

So, how do you deal with those who are anti-homeschooling?

Know and Remember the "Why"

First, you must resolve in your mind and heart that homeschooling is the best decision for your family.

You need to know, and remember why you are homeschooling your children.

When we began homeschooling, we wrote down on a piece of paper all the reasons why homeschooling was the best decision for our family. On more than one occasion over the years, I have had to pull that piece of paper out and remind myself why our family made this life-changing and challenging decision. Home education is a huge commitment and undertaking; it's not for the faint-hearted, but it is rewarding!

To help you keep on keeping on, here are five additional ideas to help you to better deal with homeschooling opposition:

1. Inquire

If you come across someone who doesn't like that you homeschool, ask them why they don't agree with homeschooling.

Listen carefully, and ask questions to find out what specifically these doubtful folks disagree with.

Once you know why they are opposed to home education, you can better relieve their worries, ease their concerns, or answer their questions.

2. Inform

Many people who are anti-homeschooling are misinformed; some even like to spout their opinion without looking up the facts.

You can find lots of research on homeschooling to help satisfy the questions and curiosity of skeptics.

The Education Resources Information Center, (aka ERIC) sponsored by the US Department of Education, contains tons of information on homeschooling.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), published a document a few years ago, called "The Homeschool Progress Report 2009".

It contains some great statistics and information about homeschooling for your pro-homeschooling arsenal.

Download and save a copy to your computer.

The Homeschool Progress Report 2009

3. Include

Take time to include family and friends in your homeschooling endeavor.

My kids used to create weekly newsletters for our home school and send them to our relatives and friends. They would include short stories and information on what we've done in our home classroom; even family members who weren't so keen on us homeschooling, enjoyed hearing about what our kids were learning and doing.

4. Invite

Sometimes a person is not supportive because they don't really understand what homeschooling is or how it's done.

Invite them into your home to be a part of your home school.

Maybe they could share something that interests them with your children, tell a story from their past, share about their profession, or hobby.

On different occasions, my children have called family members with questions for their assignments or projects. I think this has helped our children not only keep in touch with our out-of-town relatives, but made our extended family more aware of homeschooling. It also showed those who are against homeschooling that my kids were really learning. Likewise, my kids have enjoyed getting to know their relatives, as they have interviewed them, or asked questions about their professions or expertise on a certain subject.

5. Ignore

For some anti-homeschooling folks, sometimes no response is the best response. :)

So, don't lose heart when a loved one or friend voices their opinion, or approaches you with their concerns. You never know what kind of impact you or your kids will have on others. Although anti-homeschooling comments may be discouraging at times, the opposition can strengthen your resolve to continue homeschooling, help you to become a more effective communicator, or increase your acceptance of others.

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