Homeschoolers vs. Teachers? It’s ridiculous really!

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I witnessed one of the most ridiculous things recently. An online argument between homeschoolers and teachers.

I guess you could say it was a debate of some sorts. It was teachers defending teaching and homeshoolers defending homeschooling. It was ugly, pointless, and at times, rude.

Homeschoolers vs teachers

It sort of reminded me of being in a kindergarten classroom. I could hear the chant going “nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in ……” 

Each were defending their way. The teachers were putting down homeschoolers and the homeschoolers were putting down the teachers.

I know this is a rant of sorts that I am on and I don’t want to make this post about me. However, I have to write my opinion. That’s what I have to go on …… my opinion. Some will agree and some will disagree. Isn’t that what opinions are?

If I wanted to watch nonsense, I would have simply turned the television on. It is after all, an election year. There is enough pointless mud slinging and “nanny nanny boo boo’s” going on already.

My question is why?

{I didn’t sit in this debate the whole time it went on. I couldn’t. It sickened me really. But what I did witness was ridiculous.} 

Why is there a ‘my way is better than yours’?

Has everyone forgotten why we do what we do?

Let’s stop looking at this situation as “anything you can do, I can do better!”

I think that the real issue got swept away with the tides. What we should be talking about is our children. Stop viewing them as students and keep in mind that they are people. Live, air breathing, little human beings. They are children. Just like you and me.

It appeared to me that there were more concerns with ‘my way is better than yours’ to even bring up the real issue. If there is even a real issue here. Why not shift focus on the children? Why not be concerned with what is going on in all methods of education? Why deliberately try to tear each other down? Why not learn from each other? After all, shouldn’t learning be the real issue here?

Children, whether they are public schooled or homeschooled are the future of this country. We have turned education into such a manner of; how well do you take a test? how well do you learn with this method vs. that method?

Children and education should not be viewed as statistics. They are people!

Homeschooling vs. Public school

Manners, integrity, self-esteem, being kind, respecting others, respecting Our Country, and God. Those are the things that teachers are not able to teach in the classroom anymore. Learning and education are not just about learning to read or knowing your times tables.

What difference does it make how they learn as long as they learn?

The table could easily be flipped both ways. Yes, there are homeschoolers out there that do not do what the standard industry would call “a good job” at teaching. There are also teachers out there that are too tired and fed up to care either. How do I know this? Because I was a public school kid and now homeschool our children.

Frankly, it’s like arguing over what car you drive. I drive a Chevy and you drive a Ford. Does that make my car better than yours?” No! You drive a Nissan and I drive a Mazda. At the end of the day it doesn’t affect me that you drive a different make and model than I do. What justifiable reason do we have to argue cars? There isn’t one!

It’s like firefighters arguing with police officers over which job is better than the other. What? Really?
Both jobs are dangerous. Both jobs are unappreciated. Both jobs are highly needed in our communities.
Do you see how ridiculous that sounds? If you witnessed this argument happening you would think “what the heck is happening here?” Why?

This discussion was pointless, redundant, and brought no real purpose to the table. As a matter of fact, a few times I wrote in the chat section something along the lines of “This is just to complain. If it wasn’t this topic it would just be another one.” People like to complain. This was just a platform to do so. There was no real purpose or solution. In the end I’m pretty sure that no one went away thinking “well, that was so productive. I’ve got some real good insight on this now.”

I don’t care what teachers do in their classrooms. Just as teachers should not care what I do in my home. As long as children are not getting hurt.

Both sides can argue the difficulties in what they do. Both parties can argue the positives and negatives of what they do. There are hard times in both.

Teachers have bad days – Homeschoolers have bad days.
Teachers deal with over sized classrooms – Homeschoolers deal with teaching multiple levels at one time.
Teachers deal with parents that don’t care – Homeschoolers deal with a home that is never clean.

You see, I could go on and on. But why? It’s like comparing apples and oranges.

 

Bottom line: what kind of role models are we all being to the children in our lives? Teachers are not in our homes and we are not in the teachers classrooms. Why judge the other? Let’s agree to disagree and move on.

Personally, I’m glad we all have choices in this country. I’m thankful that we all have the opportunity to educate and learn. Why not take the energy produced on this pointless matter and direct it to something that will actually make a difference.

Blessings,
Brandy

 

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13 Comments


  1. I read this after my post in our group. I agree with you, Brandy! Our children are the most important factor and there is no need to fight over who does it better or who is smarter.


  2. Thank you for sharing this insightful and honest view on the “debate”. Yes, we need to be focusing on the kids-not in a one-up contest. All that energy complaining and arguing should be better spent on determining what is best for the kids. Let’s use our time wisely-and be grateful for the blessings we have been given! Let’s build up-not tear down! Let’s find ways to strengthen and support one another!!
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  3. I totally agree with you Lori!

    Blessings,
    Brandy


  4. You bet, Amy!

    I love being in a country that allows us the freedom to teach. I don’t feel that needs defending.

    Blessings,
    Brandy


  5. You are right. I have decided for now to homeschool our child, but I might change my mind later and opt for private school. My priorities are different from others, and that is fine. I can only share why I make my own choice without having to talk down on others or make them feel inadequate. Liberty for all endowed by our Creator, and this is what makes America great! We have free will to do what is right or what is wrong within the boundaries of what is lawful.
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  6. Rachel,
    Good luck to you in your homeschool journey. For however long that might be. Isn’t it wonderful that we have these freedoms? Arguing and debating will not benefit anyone. Most importantly, the children are the true matter. Thank you for commenting.
    Blessings,
    Brandy


  7. Wonderful post!!! I homeschool and I often have family members try to debate me on this. I always say there are good and bad teachers and there are also people who might homeschool for the wrong reasons. People always ask my daughter if she likes homeschooling, like I’m holding her captive!! Drives me insane!!!


  8. I totally agree, Leonora!
    It always seems to be an issue, but for what reason, I really do not know.
    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Brandy


  9. You make an excellent point, friend! I think I have been guilty of this in ways. Though I am not against public school, I have at times pointed out those disadvantages. But you are right: there are disadvantages to homeschooling as well.


  10. Thank you for your comment, Lindsey. I wrote this article because I watched a debate over public school teachers and homeschool teachers. The part of this debate that bothered me was that during all the commenting and discussion it seemed as if the reason we all (teachers & homeschoolers) are teaching “our” students had been forgotten. It was more of a “my way is better than yours”. All the while forgetting why we do what we do… Our Children!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    Brandy

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