16 years ago we started homeschooling on a dare from our oldest daughter, who had just turned seven. Now she and her closest sibling are attending a prestigious private university and their four younger siblings are still homeschooling.

I don't hate public schools, they can be a valid resource. But I hate the erroneous notion that they should be the singular source (or even the primary source) for educating our kids. I hate the nonsensical (and harmful) belief that school boards or elementary education majors or teachers' unions should decide what is best for our children and/or that they are better educators. Our kids deserve better.

After a brief homeschooling encounter on FaceBook a few weeks ago — with yet another uninformed person claiming supreme knowledge about all things homeschooling — I thought I'd share with you ten really stupid reasons for attending public school. Keep in mind, these aren't made up. These are all reasons that I have been told over and over (and over) for approaching two decades now, from public school parents.

Children should attend public school in order to:

  1. Deal with bad teachers
  2. Sit at a desk for hours
  3. Take tests
  4. Take timed tests
  5. Take timed test under pressure
  6. Let mom have “me” time
  7. Get along with other people
  8. Deal with disappointment
  9. Respond to bullies
  10. Walk from class to class

As always, my questions are:

  • Is going to school for 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, for 13 years the only way to learn these things?
  • Is going to school for 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, for 13 years the most efficient way to learn these things?

You tell me.