3 Questions That Every Homeschooled Kid Hates

I am homeschooled.

I have been homeschooled since preschool. Now, as a senior in high school, I will honestly say that I am so grateful for this. I have loved all of the opportunities that being homeschooled has given me, and I would not change a thing about my education (unless we are discussing skipping geometry…). However, there is something that I hate about being homeschooled.

That something is questions like the following and the reactions and responses that they elicit.

I am sure that I am not alone in this! Here are the questions that I hate….

Where do you go to school?/What school do you go to?

This question is no fun because it opens up the floodgates for these questions…

Do you like that?

Okay, let’s take a step back here. If I said that I went to such-and-such high school, would you ask me something like, “Well, do you like that whole public school thing? Do you like your school? Are you getting an education?” No, you wouldn’t ask me that, because going to public school is “normal.”

How do you make friends/socialize?

I’ve been asked about my socialization at least a thousand times. To be honest, this is kinda insulting. By saying this, people are insinuating that I have no friends or that my social skills are nonexistent.

Homeschooled kids are not some oddity to be questioned.

We are normal kids. Just because we do schoolwork at home does not mean that we are weird or should be incessantly questioned.

If you want more homeschool truths, check out this video by Blimey Cow “How to Respond to Homeschool HATERS.” I laughed SO HARD but also could not help but admit that it was SO TRUE. Definitely give it a watch!

Homeschool friends: What’s a question that YOU hate?


8 thoughts on “3 Questions That Every Homeschooled Kid Hates

  1. You forgot “Are you skipping school?”
    I go to public school now, and ironically, I’ve never been asked if I was skipping school even if I actually was. I do actually get asked if I like my school sometimes, because there are a lot of options for public schools and they are very different. I’m glad I’m at the one I am.

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    1. Oh my goodness yes, I did! Sometimes people ask it in a roundabout way, such as “Is school out right now?” That is funny that you don’t get asked things like that anymore. I’m glad that you like your public school! 🙂

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  2. “Why aren’t you in school?”
    “What grade are you in?” (To be fair, everyone get asked that one, but it can be especially trying for homeschoolers)
    “What are you going to do after you graduate?” (I’ve found most people are surprised when I say I’m going to college, though I’m not sure why)
    “What are you going to do when you get to college?” (I don’t know, college? It’s not like I haven’t taken a test my whole life. Tell that to my GPA)
    “How are you going to be prepared for the real world?” (This is honestly really dumb because even as a kid my parents taught me about taxes and bills and insurance and balancing a checkbook. Makes no sense)

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    1. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! People always wonder about why I’m out and about when everyone else is in school. And they love to know my future plans and what grade I’m in, haha. I hate that people think that we homeschooled kids are not going to be prepared for the “real world.” I think that in many ways, we are more prepared than kids who go to public school.

      Thank you for sharing these questions you get asked! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one, haha. 🙂

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  3. This is SO relatable , Michaiah! Btw those photos are beautiful.
    I also get asked questions like “have(n’t) you ever wished you went to public school?” which I don’t particularly mind but its still kind of hard to answer because I’ve never been to public school so I don’t reaally have anything to compare it too.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth Anne!
      Yes, I have gotten asked things like that as well. It is hard to answer, but I always default on saying that I love being homeschooled and wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything. 🙂

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  4. My social skills were basically nonexistant, and that was probably partly due to homeschooling (and partly due to what would probably be termed ‘helicopter parenting’ but I am very grateful for??) but that’s still none of their business xD

    Usually if someone asked “Do you like that?” I took it as an opportunity to passionately (but not particularly coherently, I suspect) explain that homeschooling was the Best and imply that everyone should aspire to that state. I was an opinionated kid…

    Thanks for this, Micaiah – it was relatable and made me snort. (in an amused way…)

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    1. Haha, I agree that either way it’s no one’s business. xD

      I also like to take that question as an opportunity to defend homeschooling and explain how it has set me up to succeed in life, as well as what I love about it.

      You’re welcome, Jem! Thank you so much for leaving a comment, and I’m glad that you were able to relate. =)

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