Over the years, we’ve heard all the negative homeschool stereotypes. You know, like we’re just a bunch of anti-social gun nuts teaching our children that the Earth is 6,000 years old and the President is a Muslim communist.
Okay, so that may actually be true of a few homeschoolers I know, but it’s just not the case for the vast majority of us who are simply trying to give our kids a better education.
I’ve talked with my kids about stereotypes, and how unfair it is to label a person based on misplaced assumptions.
Apparently, I’ll need to have that talk with my daughter again.
After I stop laughing.
Yesterday, we were driving down a residential street when I spotted a group of three or four teenagers throwing rocks at a cat trying to escape up a wooden fence into the safety of someone’s backyard.
I brake for cat abuse, by the way.
Actually, I yanked the steering wheel hard to the left, did a 180 in the street, and roared our van back to the spot where the kids had been.
They scattered like cowardly rats before I could even roll down my window to chew them out.
Watching them flee, my feline-worshiping daughter piped up from the back seat: “That was really mean of them. They must go to public school.”
First published March 10, 2010