For the most part, my kids and I go through our days without seeing any homeschoolers. We wake up early, do chores and breakfast, and then the morning unfolds slowly, with video games and music practice, and me worrying about my work that I am going to try to do while I have the kids all day long. Then we do one or two activities, like horseback riding.
I imagined that we would be part of a community of homeschoolers, but the only community I have found, to be honest, is online, on this blog and other homeschooling blogs I read, like Lisa Nielsen's and Peter Gray's.
So I was really happy to hear that in some ways I am actually very typical of the profile of a homeschooling parent:
- Seventy-three percent of homeschool parents say they do it not for religious reasons, but rather because they are nonplussed by their local school's academic instruction.
- Entrepreneur is one of the five most common jobs for homeschool parents (the others are accountant, engineer, doctor, and lawyer).
- The number of homeschoolers has increased 75% since 1999. I like feeling that I'm part of a nationwide trend.
To be sure, I like that I can take my son horseback riding whenever he wants. And I like that it's prett quiet while we are there—I'm not one for big groups of homschoolers and neither is he. But I also like to know that I fit in. Somewhere. I like knowing that I am like the other homeschooling parents, at least statistically speaking. It's tiring to be an parenting iconoclast and school district-naysayer day after day.