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Since we didn't get a census form, I expected a census worker to come. Sure enough, A little, hilly-billy like old man knocked on our door the other day. He was maybe in his 60's or more...couldn't tell but he had deep wrinkles and gray hair. Said he was from the sticks too.<br>
My son was on the porch with us. After the guy asked our ages he looked at my son and said:so,your 8? that's good,you get money from the schools. My son said He doesn't go to school,he's homeschooled. The guy said homeschooled! But didn't look at me but the anti-homeschooling look was on his face. He look down at his paperwork and a few seconds later looked briefly at my son then back down again while asking: your homeschooled! But your learning right?<br>
I calmly said " Learning all the time"<br>
In the past i would of been pissed off. I was more amused. Sure,it isn't his business to ask or judge.<br>
But your learning right? That's funny!!!!
 

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I've had a lot of homeschooling encounters, some weird, some mundane. But I've never had one quite like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Not to play devil's advocate but I usually take comments from the older generation with a grain of salt... they still remember a time when kids were routinely kept at home not as an educational choice but as free labor. My grandmother never learned to read or write- in fact she never left the farm except to go to church. At the age of 6 it became her job to help her mother with the house and younger children and there was no time for 'frivolous' things such as school. I think many of the older generation have a hard time accepting homeschooling for this reason. This doesn't make them right or mean that compulsory education is okay it just means that I can understand and have compassion with their position.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wait, kids get money from the schools where you live? Aren't property owners mad about that?</div>
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I meant to write: for schools.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I meant to write: for schools.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">. Oops, sorry to point out a typo. I had seriously thought the census taker guy was <b>that</b> weird.
 

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oh hey...that's okay! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I almost always get positive or inquisitive questions when people find out that we unschool. The other day we were at a park and my son was playing with another boy his age. The mom asked me what grade my son was in. I told her we homeschool. You should have seen her look. It was a shocked/judgmental look that she was trying to contain. She didn't even respond.<br>
I find these comments (well non-comments) amusing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I guess my kids aren't technically old enough for "schooling"... so that never really comes up in convos. But I was talking with a mama at a park one day who was struggling w all the hours working her job, her hubbys job, and dealing w child care for her son. She talked for EVER about the problems she's had w childcare, how they had tried pretty much every provider in town. "This one kicked him out because he wouldn't lie down in quiet time, we had to leave that one becuse of blah blah.... " Then her current carers decided to put her ds in time aaallll day for something. She was so upset about it all, telling me all the things that her ds needs, all the special attention and care... "I don't know what we'll do when he starts going to school........."<br><br>
And can you believe, when I suggest home schooling might be better for him, she looks at me like I'm totally freaking nutS!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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had the kids in for their yearly check up the other day. the doc starts asking me questions about how i know what to teach DS etc and i distracted him by telling him DS' desire to set up a lightning rod experiment and how he believes since ben franklin didn't die when struck by lightning 6 times, he too is safe... this was quite the distraction and ended the intrusive questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wow, I have to say I feel quite lucky. I have not so far had a single negative comment or even look when I mention homeschooling. The only thing even remotely negative was an aquantance who mentioned her sister-in-law hoemschooled and then had a really hard time getting her dd into Grade 8 because the school board made her do a lot of tests. That says more about the system here. Come to think of it, maybe the opinions people have of our board are the reason so few people have said anything negative about our educational choices...<br><br>
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I wish that guy had come to our house. Not only would he have been discomfited by our homeschooling, he'd have probably been apopleptic at the part of the census form where I was DH's spouse and DW#2 was listed as his "unmarried partner."<br><br>
The census lady we got was completely unfazed. She thought DD was cute and chatted with her a little. I don't think our means of education even came up.
 

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where's that like button?
 
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