I was reading an article today about the struggles that the “pioneer” home schoolers went through to become law abiding citizens.
You see, not very many years ago (I think that because I was a middle schooler at the time), home schooling was illegal. The article itself was interesting but nothing I would forward to anyone. What was more amazing were the comments.
WOW! There are a lot of misconceptions about home schooling AND public schooling. People making comments were very “absolute” in their thinking and I found it very disturbing what was being said.
Now this is not a post about the value of home schooling vs. public education. This is a post about being flexible in your thinking or being absolute in your thinking. There are certain moral issues I think you SHOULD be strict about…don’t kill, steal, lie, cheat etc… But c’mon, schooling? I understand why people send their children to public school and let me just tell you I do not judge ANYONE for that. I also as a home educator don’t want to be judged for keeping my kids at home and giving them a education.
Yet the comments still bring up a sting that many people despise my choice to educate my kiddos in the comfort of our home. Same goes the other way, many home schoolers despise parents choice to send their kids to public schools. What it all boils down to is we have a lot of “extreme” thinkers. My way or the highway thinking which I find to be very offensive and personally very idiotic.
In the US we are blessed with freedom which means that on many fronts I get to have a choice. A choice that I could eat rocky road OR bubble gum ice cream. A choice to get in my car and go see a Dr. OR stay home and be sick. A choice to walk or run. A choice to pick my toes OR fingernails…see this is getting out of hand. I HAVE CHOICES!!!!! and so do you.
I believe you also have a choice to have a opinion but what I find is that most people who want to be belligerent in there opinions are also uneducated in them. I’m not sure if someone thinks the louder, meaner and uglier they are with their words more people will believe them? Or maybe they are not very secure in their beliefs and are trying to convince themselves? Or maybe their brains have been switched out by aliens and they just can’t help the opinion they have? OR MAYBE they are just jerks. Most people that are secure in their own beliefs and opinions can hear another side and either comment politely with a rebuttal or just walk away with a shrug of their shoulders.
I find it weird that in this day and age so many people think they have to be “right” in their opinion. Lets face it, there really is more than one way to do most anything. If someone doesn’t agree with you and you have made it clear that you are passionate about it, don’t belittle them. No point in it. If you don’t agree with someone then don’t follow what they say. It really is that simple.