There’s even a teen-only hangout with its own music and tailored drinks menu.
For babies and toddlers, there’s an onsite crèche, while the under 12s get a programme including activities like treasure hunts and raft-making.
What surprised me most though is that folks who concerned about the prudence of such a decision weren’t worried that my children might not learn enough or the the right things.
And if someone else tries to tell you that any child of mine isn’t going to be at least a little weird no matter how they’re educated, they’ve lost their minds. Why is this perception of the weirdo homeschooler so pervasive? I mean what people mean when they say that homeschooled kids are annoying.
Why is it that despite the clear academic achievement of most homeschooled students, the fear of them “acting like that one weirdo guy I knew when I was a kid” is enough to turn otherwise supportive folks against the idea? Same parents, same environment, same rules….completely different reactions from their children. I mean kids who ask too many questions and know too much information and like certain stuff and refuse to like other things and don’t care what other people think about their silly hobbies and their know-it-all-ness.
I’ve thought about it a lot and the best explanation I can come up with is this: ridicule. When “annoying” kids like this go to a traditional school, they’re ridiculed. But when one of those “annoying” kids is homeschooled, no one makes fun of their outfits that don’t match.
They have a hard, or even impossible, time finding their niche. Or the fact that they like to memorize things and wish the math assignments were harder.