One who is schooled at home, esp. with curricula designed to teach each individual subject. Schooling at home allows one to work at the pace necessary for that individual.
Homeschoolers are often associated and confused with the group known as nerds, or with non-sociable, sheltered individuals. While there are many homeschoolers whom would be considered nerds by most, to say that all homeschoolers are nerds or non-sociable is a hasty generalization.
In truth, looking at public schools, there are essentially the same amount of nerds and introverts. The problem of lacking social skills is not an issue of the school you choose to go to; it is simply a problem of a personality that one must work to get rid of.
A lack of social skills is unhealthy for nearly everyone. To blame this issue on the fact that someone has school at home makes the problem worse altogether, i.e., it's like dousing a house that is under no danger of burning down with gallons of water, only to realize that the house right next to it is collapsing in flames... attacking something that isn't the cause of the problem.
I, myself am homeschooled and, quite frankly, have more friends than the average public schooler (a good 70% of my friends are public-schoolers, mind you).
I know about more music (meaning many different bands) than the average public-schooler.
Among my favorite places to shop for clothes are American Eagle, Buckle, Banana Republic, Guess, Gap and Target (don't jump on my case. Target's clothes easily compare to American Eagle's, for sure).
So the stereotype condemning homeschoolers is not altogether true. I would admit that it's not absolutely unreasonable. However, I have to say again that homeschoolers are not the issue. It's nerds/introverts/sheltered people in general.
1. someone who's parents don't want there kids doing drugs or getting pregnant.
public schooler: omg!! lady gaga is so awesum!!!!
homeschooler: Who is that?
1 - Someone who sits at home all day while upping their levels on World Of Warcraft.
2 - Super smart A+ kids who think they are better than you.
3 - Strange inbreds who slack off all day and have no friends or social life.
I happen to be homeschooled. I have normal friends and a social life.. and i don't wear high waisted jeans.
I think it's examples 1, 2, and 3, that give the rest of us a bad name.
John - Where do you go to school?
Laura - I'm a homeschooler.
John - Really? You're so.. normal.
a really smart kid who meets the following criteria:
anti-social regardless of 15 extracurricular activities
spelling bee champion
homeschool debate team
already in college... community college
anti-evolution - no, sworn to defeat the evolutionists
pro-creation, if you know what i mean. definitely their parents
you get the point
normal person: you're a homeschooler? I never would've guessed!
There are two different types.
Ninja homeschoolers (I.E. People who don't have a say in the matter, and are forced against their will to be homechooled, and, if you don't know them, you can't tell if they are homechooled. They usually wear cool clothes, and have good social lives, and are pretty trendy.
Then there are the scary (almost Mormon) homeschoolers. Who have NO social life until collage, wear khaki or bluejean skirts and nearly bellbottom jeans, and polos, and only care about their grade, and their only friends are their siblings.
BY THE WAY!! IMMMA NINJA HOMECHOOLER SO SUCK IT
Person one: So, where do you go to school?
Ninja homeschooler: At my house!! It's freekin retarded!
Person one: Hi!
Stereotypical homeschooler: Um... Hi? Look I have to go work on my science project...
Basically, all the stereotypes you've ever heard about these people are true. They don't know how to dress, are virgins, and usually wish they lived in an earlier era where women wore corsets and people had slaves. They often correct people's English and hate the government. You can tell someone is homeschooled because they are super defensive about it whether you have attacked them or not.
Homeschooler: (shouts to general public) "Not ALL homeschoolers are socially awkward!"
Normal person: "I didn't say anything! Who are you?"
There are two types. Either extremely happy and spazzy and thinks everyone is his friend, or quietly keeps to himself and thinks of everyone as below him.
someone who lacks social skills, always has one or 5 too many buttons done up, has to ask a parent before using "the search engine", wears crew socks, is not vegetarian, has youtube blocked on his computer, and has never been with more than 1 kid his own age at once.
public schooler: haha did you hear/see that kid. He's probably a homeschooler
A totally normal person who rolls their eyes at the stereotype.
I'm a homeschooler, and I wear clothes from Gap, Old Navy, and Target. My friends (also homeschoolers) wear off-the-shoulder tops, tie-dye jeans, One Direction t-shirts, and more. My hair is not down to my knees, I'm not Mormon, I'm not related to the Duggars, and I've never been in a spelling bee.
I am on the smart side, but I don't spend eight hours in a classroom five days a week! I hate video games. I know who Lady Gaga is, I know who Miley Cyrus is, I can name the members of One Direction, and I own an iPad.
I drink the occasional soda, and I'm not antisocial. I can't count my friends, there are too many. I do art classes, co-op, drama group, and more.
In short? Homeschoolers are just like you.
Public schooler: So where do you go to school?
Homeschooler: Actually, I'm homeschooled.
Public schooler: Oh, wow. That's too bad. I mean, I bet you don't have, like, a social life.
Homeschooler: * raises eyebrows* You spend eight hours a day in a classroom. And you think I don't have a social life?