This argument against homeschooling is so dumb I would have ignored it altogether, except it keeps rearing its stupid head.
Let me give you an abbreviated version of a conversation I have had several times:
Me: Bob, I homeschool because I don’t want my children exposed to the drugs, sex and bullying that are so common in schools these days.
Bob: Well, you shouldn’t shelter your kids!
Me: What?! You don’t think kids should be sheltered from drugs, sex and bullying?!
Bob: No, kids need to be exposed to those things so that they learn how to handle them. If you shelter your children, when they grow up they will go crazy because they won’t know how to deal with those things.
Me: Well, thank you Bob for enlightening me. Perhaps, you should share your wisdom with the public schools because they all have zero tolerance policies for drugs, sex and bullying! Apparently, they are unaware of the added benefit that those “vices” offer. And as far as my kids growing up and going crazy because they never experienced drugs, sex and bullying, are you really suggesting that an eight-year-old is better suited to handle drugs, sex and bullying than an eighteen-year-old?
Bob: What are you saying, it’s good to shelter kids?
Me: Bob, what are you saying?! Are you saying that you send your children to school to experience drugs, sex and violence?! I believe it is a parent’s duty to shelter and educate our children until they are capable of protecting themselves.
Well, that is the gist of the conversation and argument that I keep running into. It is a frightening and ridiculous argument, but homeschooling parents should be warned that it is growing in popularity. I have not yet traced the rhetoric to its source, but something so foolish and yet so popular must have an originator – someone with an interest in perpetuating this foolishness.
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