Eventually, in a couple of days, most everybody would be back in school. Sure, some were a little behind, but that was just part of life, and with extra attention, they could catch up. Apparently, times have changed.


One of the reasons why homeschooling has really been successful in America is that homeschooled children are turning out to be quality young people. People often ask homeschoolers what it is that we do that results in such good kids.


One big truth often overlooked is that we are not sending our kids mixed signals. We don't tell them that education is important, but then show them by our actions that it is more important for everybody to be at the same level than to allow them to excel. We don't close the school because a small percentage could not make it. We don't bog the kids down with wasted time, waiting for everybody in the class to be done before they move on. We also don't leave them behind. If one of my kids doesn't understand something, we don't move on until they do. What would be the point? In short, we are looking for and producing quality education.


I don't fault the government schools. They are burdened with being asked to be educators as well as baby sitters. Their hands are tied by the threat of lawsuits and an overactive judicial system. But I can't sit on the truth, either. Too many kids are at risk. And the truth of the matter, at least this week, is that my school was in session, as it is nearly every day.


Tom Washburne is the Director of HSLDA's National Center for Home Education.