Homeschooling websites and how to books often espouse the same idea that we can have it all. Can we really have it all? Of course not. We can’t have the security of an A+ on a report card or a diploma. We don’t have the external feedback from a teacher conference and we don’t have honor roll. We give up the opportunity to play team sports (at least in CT), the opportunity to participate in Student Council, play in the orchestra and eat lunch with friends every day. There are many things we don’t have, or can’t have.
However, there are many things that we can have. We can be apart from the system of public instruction, away from the indoctrination, away from mandates and schedules. We are not subjected to standardized testing and common core. We gain freedom to travel, to wake up at 9am and go for a walk on the beach, to do school in our pajamas and take as many field trips as we want. We can spend hours on one subject and skip over others that we already know. The world is our classroom.
When I see videos like this, I take great satisfaction in knowing that for all the things we homeschooling families give up when we choose to educate outside the system, we get so much more: to exercise our freedoms as families, as parents and as our child’s primary educators. Even on our hardest days, I take comfort in knowing that they are not part of the collective. They are my children. They will always be my children. So while I may not have it all, I know that I have all that matters.