Today's meme is based on what our thoughts are on the following quote:
"Clearly there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. When those who are opposed to homeschooling accuse me of sheltering my children, my reply is always, 'What are you going to accuse me of next, feeding and clothing them?" ~R.C. Sproul Jr
I do think there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. My husband and I have sheltered our kids from name calling, bullies, vulgar language, other kids teaching "sex education" and other things that we had to deal with and "learn" growing up in public school. I don't feel like my kids have to go to school to learn about the real world.
It's interesting, my oldest son is going to a homeschool prom tomorrow night, and today he was interviewed over the phone for a local newspaper. The interviewer asked him many questions about the prom and about being a homeschooled student.
One of the questions he asked my son was "Do you get out much?" to which my son jokingly replied, "Do you mean am I sheltered?" He went on to tell the man how he finds ways to get out and do new things. He told him about volunteering at the boys and Girls club, acting in plays, speech and debate clubs, and how he played for a local basketball team for many years.
In our 11 years of homeschooling, I think I've had only 2 negative comments about us teaching our kids at home. Most of the feedback I've gotten has been very positive-usually people say things like, "I wish I could do that, but I can't because of_____."