Betraying the Cause
It’s odd, but I had never really considered home education to be a feminist issue. Apparently it is though.
Recently, a friend mentioned their dissatisfaction with the school system and I commented that I was really pleased we’d made the move to home education. Someone else, who I don’t know, then commented that my children would be isolated, unable to deal with pressure, have no idea how to interact with other children and generally be badly off because they didn’t go to school.
She went on to say that I was putting back the feminist cause by home educating:
Gosh and what about you? You don’t have a job? What about women who have been fighting to stop staying at home doing chores and children and actually have a career the same as men?
I have to say I’m a bit baffled by this. I’ve no idea what she thinks the connection is between home education and suffrage. I’d no idea that by choosing to take personal responsibility for my children’s education I was betraying the cause of women’s rights. Except that I’m not, of course. I’m not suggesting that women should not work outside the home, or should have the sole or main responsibility for home education.
And I do work. I no longer have a “career” because I chose to give it up. I am now self-employed, running a successful business and mentoring other women to do the same. How unfeminist of me.