Homeschooling is Hard

Ok, here’s some circular logic for you:

1) Many homeschoolers scoff at the idea that kids need to do homework, or really any work, that isn’t meaningful, interesting or useful.

2) The argument against this is that, “Kids need to learn how to do things they don’t like to do, and work hard on things they don’t have an obvious usefulness in order to be successful in life.”

3) Then those same people say they “could never homeschool. It’s too much work.”

4) Didn’t these people learn how to work hard and do things that they don’t want to do? So, wouldn’t it make sense that all these hard working people who learned discipline and the value of doing things that are arbitrarily “hard” would be clamoring at the chance to homeschool, as a way to express their life-long teachings of the benefits of working hard on things they don’t want to do?

Or, is all that life-long teaching kids how to work on things they don’t want to do lost the minute they are free of their educational shackles?

If that’s the case, what good is it to spend so many years on such a thing? If the recidivism rate is so bad, that doesn’t seem like a very good way to teach kids the value of hard work.

Heck ya homeschooling is hard. But, so is anything that’s worth doing.

But, homeschooling is a choice. And when we choose a difficult path, especially when it is against the grain of what most people do, that hard work is laden by a heavy dose of meaning. When there’s meaning involved, working hard is a by-product, not the goal.

When working hard is the goal in and of itself, what’s the point? When it’s part of the process to get what you need (especially when you REALLY want something), it’s invisible.

Homeschooling is indeed hard, but for us, that hard work is virtually invisible, because it’s totally worth it.

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6 Responses to “Homeschooling is Hard”

  1. christy Says:

    I always tell people that homeschooling is character building for mom.

  2. t Says:

    i think taking up the challenge to homeschool takes a BIG person, kind of like being a vegetarian, or vegan you need to ride on your convictions, only the strong surivive. But to say it from the other side, it’s not for everyone, and for some people, for their children’s sake it’s better that they don’t homeschool. it takes a special personality and a certain kind of parent and i am learning like the SAHM and FTM argument to appreciate a parent that knows themselves well enough to do the best for their child.

  3. dianeinjapan Says:

    Okay, you are SO right about the circular logic here! I’d never thought of it that way.

  4. Tara Says:

    It would be an understatement to say that everyone involved is learning from the process. It’s tough, but the return on investment is huge.

  5. Anna B Says:

    funny…..

  6. Laura :) Says:

    I’m cracking up!!!! Now I’ll have more patience when the next mom says, “I could never homeschool!” 🙂 There is so much more being said in that sentence and it always rubs me the wrong way. Now, armed with this new logic, I can at least have some fun!! 😉


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