I think I was in the 5th grade when I first met Kim. Kim was new to my school. In private school, it is always soooooo awesome to meet new students and find out where they came from. So, you can imagine my surprise when she said that she was "home schooled" before attending school with us.
What?? I had not idea that there was even an option to "home school." I was immediately sort of mad that I had not been given the chance to take part in this "lottery" of the school world. I later developed a weird perception of home schoolers based on what other kids in my class were saying. "My mom said that's weird!" "Kids that home school are slow." "Jimmy told me that kids only home school because they cant make it in regular school"
Of course much later then grade school, I once again changed my perception. I joined a popular mom networking group and started to see tons about moms who home schooled. Well, with the school systems being what they are and kids being what they are, it started to make a little bit more sense.
Now with Monkey having so many problems at school I have started to think about whether or not home schooling would pose more harm then good. I just feel like I'm out on the plank...alone and about to be pushed over!