‘But, You’re So Social!’ and 9 Other Things People Who Were Homeschooled Are Tired of Hearing

“I —like many of my friends and both of my siblings — was homeschooled from preschool all the way through the 12th grade. So, I’ve had a lot of time to get used to the weird, ignorant things people say to homeschoolers. And, honestly, I kind of get it. I mean, I was so obsessed with The Lord of the Rings growing up that I almost learned how to speak Elvish, I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 21 years old, and I’ll always be just a little bit awkward sometimes. If I have kids of my own they will not be homeschooled, and I can admit that all the negative stereotypes about homeschooled kids exist for a reason.

Some homeschoolers are straight up weirdos, and even those of us who are normal are still the quirky kind of normal that takes a little getting used to. Plus, all those years of sheltered home education often leaves us overcoming obstacles once we get to college that all you normals already overcame in high school. But even though I can kind of understand the crazy reactions I get when I tell people I was homeschooled, they will never cease to be annoying and a bit hurtful.”

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