Jan
19
2012

The Biggest Lie About Homeschoolers

Our family has been fans of Blimey Cow for about a year, but this video has gone viral. It was uploaded just one week ago, and already has been viewed nearly 1/2 million times and has received 1,500 comments.

This guy is funny because the funniest things in life are true. We so totally agree with his analysis that we can’t help but laugh.

Here’s the one that strikes us as the funniest: #2: Homeschoolers Have No Lives. There are those who are concerned for the cultural development of our children, as if we aren’t really experiencing the fruits of life like those in “regular school.”

Contrast that concern with the facts of our lives for a moment. At the time of this post…

  • We’re crazy busy with preparing for homeschool speech and debate tournaments.
  • Lydia just finished with a fantastic record at a Denver tournament in team-policy debate with her partner, a homeschooler from Salt Lake City.
  • They’re traveling out to California next month to compete in a tournament with about 500 other homeschoolers.
  • Micah wrote an extremely funny Original Interpretation, sort of a stand up comedy act. Noah did an Oratory on gymnastics. And Isaiah is chugging along as a first-year team-policy debater.
  • The little kids join us on the tournaments and time rounds, meeting kids and building friendships.
  • We meet and befriend families from all over the country, arguably the coolest people imaginable. They have this similarity: they all kicked out of the culturally expected box for their children and are homeschooling them.

Come to think of it, our homeschooled lives have been nonstop exciting! We’ve traveled coast to coast, all for homeschool-related projects, more than we traveled by the time we were 20. We’re not held down by a shackled schedule that directs a massive amount of children (as in traditional school systems). If our work life justifies a change in our schedule, we do it. We learn along the way and have a ball.

So we agree with Blimey Cow: our lives are awesome. 

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • Sheila

    Hi Chris,
    This is so funny and so true.
    I homeschooled my youngest son for a while after he was bullied at public school. I had so many negative comments and so did he. One neighbour said that he would never make anything of himself and that I was not qualified to teach him.
            He did eventually decide to try a different public school in our area. He went back in to the top classes for math and English and is thriving.
             We still have to monitor what he is taught as some things are not compatible with our Christian beliefs and we have taken him out of certain lessons.
      Homeschooling is a great option. I have a friend with 17 children who does it and her older children have all got  good jobs. My son was told that he would not get a good job and became so anxious about it we decided to let him return to the public school system.
          For children with many siblings homeschooling is the way to go but my son was quite lonely on his own during the day even though he joined clubs in the evenings.
          I would just like to add that homeschooled children, including my own son, are much more mature for their age than regular children. I noticed a change in his behaviour when he rejoined his peergroup!

    • Clara

      Yes, I think my two kids would be quite lonely, too. Most kids over the age of 10 don’t want to spend all day with mom.

      • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

        You are right MOST 10 year old children do not want to be with mom all day but mine do. What a very special one on one relationship we have.

      • Sheila

        I don’t think the issue here is children wanting to be at home with mum all day.My son liked being with me but he missed people nearer his own age.
        As I said, if you have many children at home homeschooling is great.

      • Erin Hardey

        I quite disagree. The only reason “most” 10yos don’t want to be home with their family is because society tells them they shouldnt want such, by forcing them to spend all day in the artificial environment of school.

  • Jennifer Torres

    Yeah, homeschoolers have no lives.  rotflol
    We’ve traveled more and met more people since starting homeschooling, than we did before.  Kind of similar to what you said.
    Also, we know a homschooling family who their oldest son became the youngest county commissioner in the history of the state (he’s 22).  Homeschooled all his life.  Hmm…

    • Jamie

      Being a county commissioner usually just pays nothing, or a small stipend. It’s not something you can live on, or raise a family. So if the expectation is that he have kids in his 20’s (as Chris Jeub has recommended), being county commissioner is not going to do it.

      Often, these positions are so undesirable that you can run unopposed.  . . .

  • Clara

    It’s nice that you are having a positive homeschool experience.

    Just so you know. . . we don’t send our kids to public school because it is a “cultural expectation.” We’d never do that. We send them to public school because they are getting a great education there, and they love being with other kids their own age. They love it, it’s a good education, so we do it.

    Besides, I’m not sure how I’d teach trig or chemistry. Can you share how you do it?

    • CC

      And how does Wendy teach foreign languages? What language does she teach, or do you use a coop? What about advanced math?

      Thanks!

      • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

        Foreign language is so easy! There are tons of programs out there to buy. Rosetta Stone offers many. Because so many people want to learn a foreign language you can find almost anything. A co-op is also a great idea. We took a beginner Spanish that way.

    • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

      It is much easier today to find a Trig or Chemistry curriculum then say 20 years ago. I will post some links. http://www.bjupress.com/distance-learning/     http://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=115797

      Do not forget how easy it is to teach Competitive Debate and Speech at home too! http://www.monumentpublishing.com/speech-debate/ironman-curriculum/

      • Clara

        Actually, I wanted to teach my child. I thought you might have some tips on *teaching*. 

        • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

          My suggestion is that you take a class on how to teach at home. Also, buy all our books. May the Lord bless you.

        • Erin Hardey

          As a longtime homeschool mama myself, I suggest you check out the links, as well as others. Teaching textbooks, math u see, life of fred… there are many math curricula out there. Also, your children can take such classes at community college, etc.
          By high school, if not sooner, you should not really be “teaching”, anyhow. I am more of a facilitator, honestly,l.

  • Cheryl

    Because he did not want her thinking too much about an upcoming swim meet, my 9th grader’s swim coach recently told her to try to find ways to fill her time since she isn’t in school. She was too shocked to mention to him that besides taking pre-calculus, biology, Spanish, and several high-level classes, she is also sings with a choir, participates on a mock trial team, assistant directs a children’s musical, has played piano for 10 years, and serves her community in a variety of ways. In light of those comments, we really got a laugh out of this video. Sometimes I forget how little some people know/understand about home schooling!

  • Guest

    So you guys don’t do algebra or trig or foreign language hands on? You
    just point your kids to a computer? How is this a good education? My
    daughter takes Spanish from a native speaker at her public school. She
    works with groups of students and adults to master trig, and does lab
    science for chemistry. Why is a computer better than this?   

  • Guest

    You mean you don’t teach advanced math or foreign language? You point the kids to a computer? How is that an education? 

    • Guest

      What about lab sciences? Do you just skip that all together?

      The children who are getting these things are the ones who will be tomorrow’s leaders. They will hold positions of power and make and change the laws.

  • Christi Wells

    I discovered this a few days ago… His videos are great!

  • Sola Fide

    I am so enthused about your family. We only have 6 children, and we have found this to be an amazing journey as well! We are able to find our children so *many* good instructors (in addition to ourselves) through websites, camps, books, and other instructional aids sometimes it is hard to decide which to pick. To be tied to *one* teacher and delivery system is SO 20th century! :)
    My oldest hoped to come to your camp about 4 years ago, but had a conflict. He is at MIT now -Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the top universities in the land. He is even teaching a AP Chemistry class on the weekends, even though he learned AP Chem on his own and ruined his bathroom counter with his chemical spills! Go figure. :)
    You Jeubs are full of grace – may the Lord grant you an everlasting supply!