What Exactly IS a Homeschool Expert?

Is there such a thing as a homeschool expert?

Last summer I was asked to write an article on homeschooling for a parenting website. One of their stipulations was that since I am not a “homeschool expert,” I had to include citations from resources written by people who are.

The first thing I thought was, “Umm…is there such a thing as a homeschool expert?”

It’s not exactly something you can get a degree in, you know? 

When it came time to turn in my draft, I included some information from a few homeschooling websites I’ve come across that are both professional and written by people who have homeschooled their own children.

I was taken aback when I received a message stating that these people were not experts, as the information included on their websites was only their opinion.

Homeschool Experts

How can people who have successfully homeschooled and graduated their children for decades not be considered experts??

Included in their message were some links to people they considered to be “experts” in the field. Not one of them ever had any experience with homeschooling other than doing studies on it!

Not one!

What made things even worse was the fact that all of the articles were written by people who were obviously biased against homeschooling and honestly had no clue at all what it’s all about.

At this point it dawned on me that this is reminiscent of what has happened to our society today. Old-fashioned experience has been replaced by a piece of paper that, honestly, is bought more than earned.

And isn’t this even true of our education system? People who have never set foot in a classroom are the ones in charge, while those who are actually in the trenches, so to speak, are at their mercy everyday.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Society is confused.

Almost a year later, I’m still not entirely sure there is such a thing as a homeschool expert.

But when it comes down to it, who would you turn to for homeschooling questions and advice?

Someone who’s actually lived the homeschool life, made mistakes, corrected them, and lived to tell the tale??

Or someone who did a few surveys, interviewed some homeschooling families, and has a fancy degree with their name on it?

I think the answer to that question is a no-brainer. How about you?





Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

29 thoughts on “What Exactly IS a Homeschool Expert?”

  1. I have wondered this myself! I have this rebel in me anyway about any “expert”. I consider anyone living something, such as homeschooling, an expert on what they are doing. They’re living it!

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  2. It’s the word “expert” that’s the misnomer. If you think about it, I’ve NEVER heard the word “expert” attached to any professional 😉 When we want an experienced brain surgeon we say, Does he have a lot of experience? Or, Is he seasoned? Or, Is he a veteran surgeon? No says, “Are they an EXPERT dentist?” Or even an “expert” daycare worker etc.

    Well, perhaps in court, “I’d like to call person so-and-so as an “expert” witness.

    You’re an excellent writer with lots to share; I would resubmit and change the word to veteran (and all its variants). And to add some fuel to the bonfire, I’d get the article endorsed by your local member of the HSLDA!

    *** but I’m a bit of a rebel, so take my words with a few grains of salt!

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  3. As a whole, I think we’re getting dumber instead of smarter. One of the signs of this tragedy is the improper use of language. “Expert” is one of those words that I see misused over and over. Having an education or a degree does not make you an expert. “Expert” is derived from the same root as experience. Therefore, an expert is someone that is experienced and skillful in something.

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  4. Yeah, it definitely seems like we think “expert” means went to school and earned a degree in it and I sure hope our country turns that around soon. Life experience doesn’t seem to count for much anymore. My mother (who has been a secretary/ administrative assistant for more years than I can remember) was stunned when she moved and could not find many jobs to apply for since most wanted a bachelor’s degree just to apply! I think I’d prefer someone who has been working in an office for years and knows all the ins and outs…. but I guess that’s just me.

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  5. Wow…. sad that those were considered the experts, but glad you had the experience of finding out just who they consider to be those experts and then figuring out their bias. Valuable info and encouraging to just continue to do what is right… not necessarily what the “experts” promote! Thank you for sharing this… it is helpful.

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  6. I have been a homeschool parent for 11 years. That’s my experience. I love the community of moms where we can share our expertise. I don’t need an “expert” either!

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  7. An expert is anyone who has spent over 10,000 hours in any one field of study. I highly doubt even so called “experts” are really even experts. I agree that anyone who has successfully managed to graduate their child from homeschool is highly skilled. It takes a lot of dedication and persistence to homeschool. So much information from researchers is unrealistic that most people cannot relate to the findings. It is refreshing to have real world opinions from people who have been in the trenches.

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  8. Those people are foolish… First, I do consider you an expert in homeschooling- if my opinion counts for anything. I think that anyone who has home schooled longer than myself, successfully made it through (as evidenced by now productive adult children) or who is able to answer questions, intelligently, with examples an expert, most times. Did you end up submitting to their request for experts?

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  9. I am determined to become an “expert” on homeschooling. Not because I have been doing it for 12 years, but I will earn this lofty and glorious title by going to college (I am getting paid to) and taking the easiest classes that have nothing to do with homeschooling and then conduct studies by myself on homeschoolers. I will meet homeschoolers and ask them questions. Their answers, complete truth or not, will be the studies! My personal observations might fluff out a few of my studies. For example, I will observe if I like a child based on our 2 minute encounter. I will report my findings in a study entitled “Does Homeschooling Produce Likeable Kids?”, check yes for any kid I like, check no for any little twerps. I might even ask the parent if they have any problems with their child, of coarse they all will because all people do, then I can write a study on how 100% of homeschool parents have problems with their kids. I can contact famous media outlets and offer to sell them my piece of mind, my glorious and scientifical studies! I will contact as many blogs, news outlets, influencers as I can, let them know I am a wonderful expert, and offer my humble services for a price, of course. People will be amazed that I have a noble college experience (that I got taking irrelevant classes to make $80,000) and that I have studies (talking to people and my own awesome opinion). I can assure anyone that I have no biases, no intentions, as I am just super cool…don’t mind the money and reputation I am earning, after all everyone needs to make a buck, it’s not about that. 🙂

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