We parents aren’t the only ones who have to explain our decision to unschool. Kindly adults ask N. directly where he’s going to kindergarten next year, of course. This evening I overheard bits and pieces of one such conversation while I was talking to another parent.
Neighbor: So, N., do you go to school yet?
Neighbor: Are you starting kindergarten in the fall?
N.: No. I'm not going to school.
Neighbor: [says something gently admonishing, along the lines of “Oh, but school is so important”]
N.: I learn a lot more from magazines with my dad than I would at school. [He elaborates on this point, but I couldn't hear exactly what he said.]
Neighbor: [seems a bit shocked, but I couldn’t hear what she said so I jumped in, a bit defensively]
Me: We’re homeschooling next year.
Later, on the way home, I said to N., “When people ask you what school you are going to next year, you can just tell them that you and Daddy and I are doing homeschool.”
N.: But I like to give people information! That’s not enough information!
I need to trust him to hold his own in these conversations! Clearly he is not nearly as self-conscious about “coming out” as a homeschooler as I am!