Actually, you can

Yesterday, Mathaus received the packet.

Actually, you can

If you have a high school senior, you know what I’m talking about. The packet: the official snail mail confirmation of acceptance into a school of higher education.

Even though we’ve done this same dance with two older children, the feeling is the same: the swell of pride, the ache of knowing what comes next, the bittersweet look backwards even as our feet keep marching ahead.

Actually, you can

I’m sure that the feelings are the same no matter what route your child took to get there. As a homeschooler, though, I’m aware of another, deeper current as I hug my son and make him pose for yet another round of photos:

Confirmation.

Confirmation that the people who said we were narrowing our children’s options were wrong. Confirmation that staying the course was the right choice. Confirmation that I wasn’t going overboard when I insisted on actual, real grammar instruction instead of the watered down trollop offered in today’s English texts. Confirmation that an education that looks different is no less thorough. Confirmation that I didn’t need an education degree or a teaching certificate to homeschool my children. Confirmation that the obedience I offered in walking through all of it— the good moments and the bad— was worth it.

There are still people who believe that it’s impossible to homeschool from start to finish; still people who insist that the only way to get into a real college, or a real trade, or a real career, or a real life is to sign on for whatever the local public school is offering up for teenagers.

They’re wrong.

Next May, I’ll hand my son a very real diploma. A few months later, he’ll head off to one of the very real universities that not only accept homeschoolers, but actively court them. No matter what your nosey aunt in Wyoming says, your homeschooled teenager doesn’t need a GED or TASC or HiSET to prove competency for acceptance. A transcript and the same standardized test scores everyone else submits will do just fine. As an aside, your child doesn’t need a GED to enlist in the military, either. And any job that asks for proof of such prior to hiring? Yeah… I’d run in the opposite direction.

Homeschooling is real. It’s viable. And it works.

So don’t listen to the naysayers. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t stumble over the “what if”s or get hung up on worst case scenarios that may never darken your door.

Think you can’t homeschool through high school? Think you can’t provide a rigorous education that will gain your child admission to an excellent college, or provide him with a thorough grounding for whatever life he feels called to lead?

Actually, you can.

Actually, you can