So, I am knee deep in my second year of college, but before that, I was homeschooled for 12 years. That's right. I never went to a public school. Never had to catch the bus. Never had to go to assemblies. Never had to stand in line for lunch. I am an unapologetic homeschooler, and here are the reasons why:
1. Homeschooling gave me a great foundation for my faith.
All of my subjects were taught from a Christian perspective. I was never taught that the world came to be out of chance or that sex is okay as long as you use protection and birth control. I was taught that the world was created by God and that you were to stay pure until marriage to honor that Creator. If I weren't taught solid, Biblical foundations like those when I was young, then I don't know if my faith would be as strong today.
2. Homeschooling got me the greatest friends in the world.
It's no secret to anyone in my life that my friends are super important to me. I talk about them all the time, and I love them like the brothers and sisters I never had. Here's the secret: If I hadn't been homeschooled, then I probably wouldn't have ever met any of them. Then, I would have lost one of the biggest blessings of my life.
3. I never had to ask to go to the bathroom.
OK, seriously, that is just awkward...
4. Homeschooling sheltered me.
I know what you're thinking. "Being sheltered is a bad thing." Well, I believe that depends on what you are being sheltered from. Yes, I didn't always know about the newest stuff in pop culture, but I also was sheltered from the pressures of sex, drugs, and alcohol. I have never been invited to a party, and I am so thankful for that. I have no problem with being sheltered from stuff that could cause me to stumble in my walk with the Lord.
5. I never had to stand in line for lunch.
And the food was always pretty good.
6. I matured much quicker.
I'll be honest, for the early part of my life, I was around more adults than kids. While this may sound like a bad thing, it was definitely a blessing in disguise. Because I was around adults all the time, I learned how to respect others and how the world worked. I had a step up in life because of all the time I spent with the adults in my life.
7. I've always been able to talk about my faith.
I never had to redo a paper because I talked about God. I got to put my faith into every aspect of my education. I pray for all the children in the public school system that aren't allowed to do that.
8. I didn't have to ride the bus.
My school bus was my mom's car. Enough said.
9. I never got sent to the principal's office.
Homeschool equivalent-"Wait until your dad gets home."
10. It helped me prepare for college.
Because I was homeschooled, I got to take dual credit courses my junior and senior years of high school. While many public school students get this opportunity, they can only take 1 or 2 classes a semester because of school. I didn't have this problem, so I got to take 3 or 4 every semester. By doing so, I was able to come into college as a sophomore, which means that I saved a boatload of money. Plus, I got to take classes with actual college students, not high school students. Win-Win.
11. Calling my teacher Mom was encouraged.
I don't think she would have like Mrs. Brown too much...
And finally, the last reason I'm proud to be a homeschooler...
12. Everyday is pajama day.
Because, come on, who doesn't wish they could wear pajamas every day???
Homeschooling is awesome. Yes, there are some flaws, but there are flaws in the public school system too. I'm not saying that one is better than the other, but I believe that some people were meant to be homeschooled and some public schooled. So, I am and always will be extremely proud of my homeschool education.