I have many friends who homeschool their children, and have many friends who have their children in public school. It is a choice that each family has to make. For those that have them in public school I look at them no differently then the ones who have chosen to homeschool.
Now, if you ask me "Would you place your children in public school?" I would boldly say NO. It is not for our family, and I am not really happy with the direction the public system is going. My husband and I have made our choice.
We made our choice because of the way we feel. We felt God wanted our family to homeschool our children. It is a yearly choice until highschool, when we decided to allow each one to decide whether or not to continue as a homeschooled student. Now, you are probably wondering, "Why would you say all of this?"
Today I read a post about one man's feelings and/or opinion. In his opinion the solution to the current tragedies (the shooting in Kentucky and Clackamas) is NOT to stop shopping with them, or start homeschooling them, or generally hide them from the world. We need to love them, and show them love. Spend time with them and stay away from all the worldly distractions that are around us. I agree with him on the second point.
I love me children with all my heart. I tell them I love them all the time and spend time with them. I try not to allow the worldly influences to keep me from them. Mind you, I am not perfect and there are days that I do fall short, REALLY short. There are days I am fun to be around, and there are days that I am cranky. Like I said I am human. But the most important thing I can say is this...
I love my children enough to do what God has called our family to do. That means, just because we have chosen to homeschool does not mean we are hiding our kids from the world. It means we are trying to do what WE feel is best for them. So please don't blanket a statement that tells the world that people who homeschool are hiding their children.
It bothers me more then anything when people question our choice or claim that homeschool families are not socialized enough or they are hidden from the real world. I don't think my family nor friends appreciate it when I question the public system claiming they are exposed to the wrong influences, that they are not home enough, and the many other excuses I have heard from other families. If I have done this, I deeply apologize. It is a choice as a family to do what is best for their children.
Whether our children are home or in school the most important thing we can do is teach them that they are loved. That they are loved not just by their family but by their Heavenly Father. We has adults are called to pass on a confidence that comes from the promises given to us by God. God has placed us here for a reason, with a purpose, and to be loved.
So for all of us adults, the next time we talk about our children's education, be supportive. We are all in this together trying to raise a generation that loves one another, not hating one another. It doesn't matter where our children gets their education. What really matters for these kids is that they are loved and they know how to love in return.