The Homeschool Family
This evening, while reading an article about a particular museum, I noticed a sentence mentioning field trip packages available for different groups, among which it listed “homeschool families, and parents whose children are in public school”.
I was stunned.
While I have read similar references countless times, I had never caught the significance before. Look at the wording: “Homeschool families.” “Parents whose children are in public school.”
We hear the term “homeschool family” all the time. How often do we hear someone referred to as a “public school family”?
The word ‘family’ is an inclusive word. It means parents and children. The term ‘homeschool family’ means: ‘This involves all of us. We’re in it together.’ Dad works hard as the sole provider to allow Mom to stay home and work hard raising and educating her children. The kids learn first-hand at their own pace from their mother, the one person in the world who knows their personalities and limitations better than anyone else. Family life and education blend into each other. Making dinner doubles as Home-Ec. Farm chores supplement biology class. Grocery shopping provides practical applications for business math. And, if your family is like mine, they have dinner together, after which Dad leads Bible study and prayer, and reads out loud from something like Tom Sawyer or Hank the Cow Dog.
It’s a different story with ‘parents whose children are in public school’. Look at that sentence, the separation of ‘parents’ and ‘children’. Sadly, it’s just a reflection of reality. Public-schooled children are rousted out of bed at early hours – hours that their growing bodies should be spending asleep – fed a hasty breakfast, and carted to school where they spend the day shuttled from one class to the next, separated from their siblings, and forced into an impersonal learning pace. Meanwhile, Dad and Mom spend the day at their separate workplaces. When everyone gets home in the evening, the kids march off to their rooms to do homework. Mom and/or Dad grabs the nearest pre-made, pre-packaged dinner from the freezer and throws it in the oven, hoping to get dinner out of the way quickly enough to allow them some down time before bed. Everyone drops into bed exhausted, just so that they can start it all over in the morning.
No wonder we never hear the term ‘public-school family’.