“I would homeschool, I want them to be prepared for the real world though” It’s been a while since I’ve been in the outside the home “workforce”, it has not changed very much though, in all workplaces everywhere the employees vary in age, race, and ability. I’ve never personally been involved with, nor heard of, a place of employment which divides its employees by age, ability, or race, in fact I believe this would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. In schools though, this is exactly what happens! In the “real world”, you know…the place where homeschoolers will suddenly fall to pieces because they’re so shielded from it, people associate with others regardless of age, social status, etc. In public school, children are kept separate from other children who are not their own age. In the “real world”, you may work with someone who is 18, another who is 25, and someone else even who is 60. In public school, you will always “work” beside someone else who is within a few months to 1 year of your own age. In the “real world”, people do not walk in straight lines with one hand on their hip and the other holding one finger over their lips as they walk silently from place to place. In public school, everyone lines up straightly and walks silently from place to place and if they fail to they are punished. In the “real world”, people do not raise their hands before they speak or ask a question. In the public school system if they fail to do this, they risk punishment. In the “real world”, people are not forced to raise their hand and ask publicly if they may go to the restroom, they just get up and go. In the public school, you must ask out loud and if the answer is no then you must wait. It’s beginning to seem to me, that the public school really doesn’t seem very much like the “real world” at all. Children who are homeschooled interact each day with family members of all ages, people in the community of all ages, races, and social statuses. They are out in the community, involved in actively participating in the world at large, not tied to desks in classrooms forced to sit silently or be punished. Homeschooled children are allowed to speak without raising their hand, question anything they like, and they arent forced to sit up straight in hard chairs at desks. Homeschooled children are actually out there living in the real world, they’re seeing the way life works. Homeschoolers don’t have to worry about their children learning adequate life skills, they learn them as they go about their everyday lives. I’m just not sure where this warped idea, that homeschooled children struggle when they enter society, came into the picture. How on Earth could one be so ignorant as to believe this? Any person with any sense at all could clearly see, that these kids who are not hidden away behind the brick walls of the prisons (eh I meant SCHOOLS), are already living in the society that public school children are hidden away from! When you’re questioned about how your child will ever survive in the “real world”, simply look at that person and say “My child is already out involved in it, how do you think yours will fair after they graduate and become a part of it?”. It’s so funny! Really you must laugh, people think homeschooled children are all locked away and hidden……and yet you see them everyday, everywhere, in various situations. Public schooled students however, from 7am until 4pm every single day are locked away, hidden in the “closet” we call public schools.