Today my husband's co-worker commented that she thinks I must be brave for deciding to homeschool our children. i know that this is a fairly common reaction, but (aside from me feeling a bit insulted on behalf of our little ones at the insinuation that being with them on a full-time basis must involve bravery) it got me to wondering... what is it about educating our own children that people consider to be so brave? Why do people not regularly call schoolteachers brave for undertaking educating 25-30 other people's kids every year, when homeschoolers are considered brave just for educating 2 (or 3 or 4) of their own? You'd think the person w/ 30 kids would be facing a much bigger challenge. Even if they do consider schoolteachers to be courageous, saying you're a teacher isn't typically met with "Oh, you're a <i>schoolteacher</i>? You must be so <i>brave</i>!" (or patient, or "oh, I could never do that"...) So why, just because it's our own children that we're guiding and helping to learn about the world, are we reacted to as if we're somehow doing something extraordinary?