This is in response to Patience’s comment on the last post — I started making a comment, but it got too long:
I wonder if it [the tension around kids talking up homeschooling to non-homeschooled kids] has something to do with the weird combination of hyper-competitiveness and a warped version of equality that we have in America. I am especially guilty of always wanting the “best,” the most “authentic,” etc. Yet of course we firmly believe that no one is better, smarter, etc. than anyone else.
So we are all deeply invested in believing that we have found the “best” yet our Midwestern humility and American egalitarianism requires us also to believe that what we have is no better than anyone else, and probably just a little bit worse. 🙂
I think as a result pretty much all differences are threatening. I have sat in homeschool groups listening to people complain about vegetarians, environmentalists — not because they disagree with their principles (which are varied anyway, but I digress), but because they somehow get a “feeling” that those people think they are better than everyone else. Of course the irony is they probably have friends somewhere saying the same thing about homeschoolers while they are out of earshot.
You could look at the recent election for more on this constant fear that someone, somewhere, is thinking they are better than you. But why relive that unpleasantness? 😉