As our kids dove under tables, climbed on stools and chased each other around, a mom turned to me and said, “Really, on days like this I really wish I could send him (her eldest son) to kindergarten so that they could force him to stand in line. I know it breaks their spirit, but he really could use a little spirit-breaking! After all, how else is he going to learn to stand in line at the DMV?”
Maybe it was an off-day for her…maybe she wasn’t thinking before she spoke…or maybe some of those many years spent in the system, first as a student and then as a certified teacher, were rubbing off.
And I, who am normally rather polite and politically correct in mixed company (i.e. not when I’m blogging) couldn’t help but say, “Somehow, I think that I would have figured it out…without having to be forced into a line in kindergarten.” (Which, by the way, I was not. And yes, I have figured out how to stand in line at the DMV.)
Yes, she is a homeschool mom. And no, she isn’t what I would call typical. Health issues have dictated her current course of action, but I’m getting the feeling she really misses the rigor and conformity of public schools.
It was disconcerting, however, to hear such a statement from another homeschool mom. It made me realize how far I have evolved in the past six or more years that a statement of that nature could now bother me so much.
Later, after I was alone in my own house, all of the sarcasm came out…
How will they learn to stand in line at the DMV?
Gee, I dunno, maybe they learned to read somewhere along the way? After all, what does the sign say…”Line Begins Here.” Maybe homeschooling is about parents believing their kids aren’t complete idiots who can’t learn unless factoids are shoveled down their throats until they vomit.
Okay…I’m turning the civility and kindness meters back on and slowly backing away from my soapbox.