The biggest mistake homeschoolers makeNewsletter · Aug 29, 2021
After talking a bit about career opportunities for homeschoolers on Instagram this week, I was sent a stack of very cool life stories from adults who grew up being home educated. I’ve picked a few of my favourites to share here, because they’re SO encouraging:
“I was homeschooled and have gone on to complete a Diploma of Business, Bachelor of Arts/Education and a Masters of Education (Special Education) with Distinction. Basically, I love to learn and I credit that to my amazing parents who went out on a limb and homeschooled us. All my siblings have full-time meaningful work. Socially we haven’t missed a thing, I would argue that we have gained more.”
“My sister and I were homeschooled from 5th grade onward. I have my MBA and a thriving career as a business analyst for a multi-billion dollar company. She just finished law school with multiple job offers. Homeschooling definitely helped set us up for success in many different ways!”
“My siblings and I were homeschooled grades 1-12. It wasn’t particularly rigorous or impressive. We mostly read a lot of books, honestly. I’m an RN with my BSN, graduated with honors from a very difficult program. My sister is an OT with her MSN. My brother decided not to go to college at all and is a computer programmer. He manages an international team at his company and makes more money than my sister and I combined.”
“I was homeschooled. I went on to live in several different countries around the world. Have worked many jobs that I was passionate about and learned SO many great things about life. Now I own and operate two AirBnbs and homeschool my 5 kids! I have more friends than I can keep up with because I learned to love well, not because of my social skills.”
“My homeschooled, math-avoidant husband taught himself higher math to take the GRE in his mid-30s for a career change (after the undergraduate degree in philosophy/theology he achieved in his early 20s). Once he had a motivating reason to learn it, he had no trouble finding resources, studying regularly, and even falling in love with it! He’s now halfway through a data science/programming masters degree and loves it. Being empowered and confident to control one’s learning is SUCH a gift.”
“My brother and I were homeschooled. Never stepped a foot in a school. I am a self-employed photographer (now homeschooling my own children) and my brother is a chiropractor.”
“I was homeschooled ‘K-12th’. I went on to get my BA and MA. I now work as a paediatric speech-language pathologist. My husband and I are homeschooling our son. Can’t imagine a better education!”
If you’ve ever worried that not going to school will limit your child’s career options…you can now exhale.
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Thanks for reading – I hope you walk away from this feeling super inspired by those amazing stories!