A few months ago someone asked me that very question as regards our family’s decision to homeschool.
There are a few ways I could have answered:
One — “No. We enjoy making our children miserable. That’s why we had them. We like to make people sad, and we were running out of friends so we decided to make some people to make sad.” (sarcastic)
Two — “No, but we really don’t care about their happiness.” (partly true)
Three — “Yes. But we don’t care about their happiness as much as other things.” (more true)
Four — “Yes. They don’t know any different, and they really enjoy our days. It has been a wonderful decision for our family.” (what I said)
First, go here and read Ann’s post about getting her room ready for a year of school. I think her children are very happy.
Then, head to Beth’s and watch the lovely tribute video her friend Mary’s children made for their mother. More happiness.
Then let’s talk more about happiness and homeschooling. ‘Cause there seems to be a population of people who think my kids are miserable but just don’t know it yet. And that makes ME sad.
Edited to add…I posted this earlier today but after some feedback from people I love, I chose to reword some of it. I think it came off rather snotty, which was not my intention. My love for sarcasm sometimes makes people read sarcasm in where there isn’t any. I was trying to write with an open hand and heart, but I wasn’t careful enough and for that I am sorry. I believe that there is liberty for Christian parents on schooling decisions as there is no Scriptural prescription for a method of education. We should never absolutely condemn one approach or another.