An Opinion

by adustyframe ~ October 28th, 2007

Lee told me today that he was talking with this guard again recently.

I had just sent Lee the journal from our homeschool year so far. He was excited about the things that James is learning and told some people about it. He mentioned in passing to this guard that I was homeschooling James.

“That’s just stupid.” he told Lee.

What a nice way to discuss something!

Lee asked why he thought that.

He brought up the worn out socialization argument. He also said he knew some nerdy homeschoolers. Then  he said, “Besides, his mother is giving him all that special attention. That’s stupid. That’s not real life.”

I told Lee to say to him, “Out of all the children in America, don’t you think the child of a prisoner might need some special attention?”

Or how about this one?

I told Lee to ask him if homeschooling turns out such horrible products, what percent of the prison population is comprised of these “nerdy unsocialized” people? I’m guessing the numbers are pretty low.

In the end, I told Lee it’s probably really not worth arguing with him about it. We know we’re doing what God wants us to do and that’s what matters.


4 Thoughts Shared to An Opinion

  1. Debby

    its ok. some people have issues that aren’t really just about homeschooling. but its good though, it might bring up a way for Lee to share with the guard one day, if the guard asks him 🙂

    Debby, I had to giggle. My sister always talks about “some people have issues”;) I could almost hear her as I read your comment.

  2. Beth

    Keep doing that which is right. It is right to obey God. He has directed you to homeschool James. Your lives (Lee’s, James, & your own) will be blessed by your obedience.
    Special attention poured out in a correct way never spoils our kids. Praying for you all.

    Thank you, Beth! I truly don’t understand how special attention is a bad thing!

  3. Marie

    How obnoxious. Why do some people feel they have the right to tell others how to raise their kids!! (I actually have to deal with the opposite – on occasion, at church, I feel like I am “justifying” myself because we send our kids to public school rather than participating in the home-school co-op.) That’s one of those issues where everyone knows best for their own family.

    Good for you for sticking to your convictions!

  4. Jenn

    Yikes, that guard is a prickly one, huh? I’ll be praying God softens his heart.

    I admire you for sticking to your conviction to homeschool James – especially in spite of all of life’s curveballs that have been sent your way. It’s quite obvious from your writings that you and James share a very special bond and he’s smart as a whip. You’re doing such a great job – don’t let anyone’s remarks make you think otherwise!

    Jenn, thanks for your kind words. It’s so good to hear validation. Yes, James is a smart little cookie!

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