Sunday, May 23, 2010

the three forbidden top- wait. the THREE??

all of you (I hope) know that I am a homeschooler. For those of you who either don't pay attention, or haven't run into these people (in which case, unless you are one (if you are, let it be known, I don't like you) pray you never do (if you homeschool)) then let me enlighten you. There are people in this world who believe that homeschooling is evil. That homeschoolers are stupid. That they don't learn anything. That public and private schoolers are smarter. Pretty much that homeschoolers suck.
I was camping, quite recently. (I got back about an hour and a half ago.) We were camping in my friends' backyard. While we were there, one of my friends' neighbors decided to visit. (why, I don't know. He just did.) Now, this man is apparently angry at everything right now. Take that in mind.
(alright, I don't want to say his real name, so we'll call him Jacob. Kk?)
My mom, Holly, Julie (maybe?), Valerie, and possibly someone else (I wasn't there) were sitting at a table. Jacob went over, and started talking to them.

About fifteen minutes later, Valerie comes over to where I am sitting with my GS troop. She has this really angry, disbelieving face on, and a minute after she sits down on one of the blue folding chairs, she starts talking.
"That man said that homeschoolers were stupider than publicschoolers."
One of the girls (We'll call her Martha) started in.
"What?"
(another girl- Jill)
"He's from a different country," Jill says. "You can't judge him by his opinions."
"I know, but he is over there telling my mom that homeschoolers are horrible!!"
"But," said Jill, "He was asked! They asked him for his opinion, you can't judge him by his opinions!!"
"Whoa," said Kristina (not my sister, this is another fake name) "What is going ON? I heard something about homeschooling." (Kristina is a homeschooler, Martha used to be, and Jill isn't.)
"Valerie is judging Jacob on his opinions!"
"She was simply annoyed and telling us that, and I think we have a right to know." Martha sat up from the ground. "there's nothing wrong wi-"
"You can't judge him by his opinions!!"
"She wasn't judging anyone!!"
"what is going ON?"
Martha looked at Kristina. "valerie was simply expressing her annoyance at the man. He said that homeschoolers were idiots."
"Whoa," said Kristina. "That was uncalled for."
"HE WAS JUST EXPRESSING HIS OPINIONS!! THEY ASKED FOR HIS OPINION!!"

... I think you get the picture.
The argument went on for about fifteen minutes, before Holly finally came over and broke it up.
There are supposedly two forbidden subjects- religion, and politics. I think that this argument, and the way that everyone got really angry and Jill looked like she was going to beat Valerie and Martha and myself up, and everything, goes to show that those people, the ones that say that there are two forbidden subjects- are wrong. There are three.

Religion.
Politics.
and Homeschooling.

2 comments:

Cat said...

Hey Angela!

I was there, sure, but I just wanted to say that even so that was a very good and intriguing post!

SEP said...

You're sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
right, Al!!