I’ve heard that homeschoolers have experienced some emnity from social workers. I’ve heard that social workers as a whole do not like the concept of homeschoolers. My experience first hand was very different. When I resigned my job working with social workers in order to homeschool, the single clearest message I got from co-workers was, “Awesome!” Many of the most liberal folks I worked with expressed jealousy over my ability to stay home with my kids. The only somewhat negative person merely asked if I was using curriculuum. When I told her I was using a nationally recognized curriculuum, she was pacified.
I think part of the reason some homeschoolers feel social workers worry about them is that studies show that abusers try to isolate their victims. If you were a nutjob, clearly, homeschooling could provide a perfect mechanism via which you could harm a child. Though, the majority of social workers I’ve met are far more worried about public school teachers than homeschoolers.
And, when I called the local school district to find out about the paperwork I needed to submit for homeschooling my son, I was greeted by a polite, solicitous person who made every attempt to accomodate me. I didn’t feel the person was being rude or treating me like I was weird, just the opposite actually. She asked me if I wanted any information regarding curriculuum or anything on local services. She also asked me if I felt I was connected to a support group because they have some information on local homeschool groups.
I wanted to blog on this, because although it’s a boring topic, it’s also one you’ll never see in your newspaper. So, the next time you hear a horrific story about an innocent homeschooler being mauled by a rabid social worker or public school employee, you can say to yourself, “I’ve heard another side of this story, also.”