Originally Posted by Kristine
To all of the people on this thread that are supposedly so offended by the supremely intelligent Baudelaire posting in the school forum, why are you all posting in the homeschool forum?
I find this rather baffling. And certainly more than a little contradictory to your supposed stance.
Hmm, well, Lori was the one quoted from the other forum (well put by the way), but I was the one who originally posed the question about whether it was appropriate for "This is why I homeschool" in a forum about public schooling. In response to my question, many many homeschoolers jumped right in and said I had no right to be offended because these are not support forums and that they would not be offended if we came over and criticized their choices.
So hearing that over and over again from homeschoolers sure made me think that it would be okay to post dissenting opinions here. It was encouraged even! Go read that original thread if you don't believe me. (Although clearly, when the shoe is on the other foot...).
In response to the statement that many people send their children to public school very thoughtlessly, I'm sure that's true in some instances but I'm sure it's also very true that many people, like me, made an active very thoughtful decision to send our children to public schools. Sure, there are lots of negatives associated with that decision, but there are many positives as well, just like there are positives and negatives associated with homeschooling. It's a matter of where your priorities are--which positives are important to have, which negatives are important to avoid?
That's why I think it is especially unhelpful for homeschoolers to lurk in the public school forum, select those threads that are consistent with their negative position about schooling outside the home, then pounce with such brilliant statements as "This is why I homeschool" (all the while ignoring all the positive things people have to say about public schooling).