On Sunday a bunch of us mommas were sitting around sipping tea when we got talking about the things our kids are doing. There's a good cross-section of parents there, public schooled, private schooled and homeschooled. One of the ladies (she's a public school teacher) said this...."I just don't get it. What can possible make you think you are qualified to teach all of the subjects?"
Here was an AWESOME answer!!
"I want you to think about this. What made me qualified to teach in the public school system? I had the desire to teach, a passion for it so to speak. That desire and interest led me to seek out the core knowledge necessary to teach the information I wanted to teach. That journey led me to learn the legalities of teaching, it brought me to locations that would help me find the information I needed in order to reach and acheive those desires. For Public school teaching that was attending a University, studying the intricacies of the system, taking courses and finally passing the Praxis testing to acheive a Certificate through the state. For Homeschooling I had a desire to educate my child in the best manner for them. This desire led me to seek out information about learning styles and to assimilate the core knowledges that I would wish to impart to my children. It led me to my state laws and finally support groups in my area. So when you ask what makes me qualified? It's the same as a public school teacher. It's the desire to do it, the will to find the information, and the knowledge of the legalities associated with it."
Obviously this is a paraphrasing, but to hear it....it was eipc! LOL