I linked to the Punk Rockers Make Great Parents article on Facebook and G+ a few days ago. However, I was thinking about it again. I don't subscribe to the idea that the point of parenthood is get the kids into college. However, I have to admit that I've been feeling pretty damn good about some positive feedback we've received from the college admission process in the last week. No matter how sure you are that you are doing the right thing, there is always a little voice in the back of your head telling you that you should have done things by the book. That little voice usually presents itself in the voice of your parents or inlaws, which makes it that more effective.
That was a joke. If my parents or inlaws were ever uncomfortable with our choices they did a good job keeping it to themselves.
However, I think Henry Rollins really nails it with this thought.
On his last spoken word tour through San Francisco earlier this year, Henry Rollins very wisely noted that punks make the best parents because they raise kids to think outside the box, to question everything they're told, to understand the impact of politics on their lives, and, above all, to be open-minded.
If you are wondering who Henry Rollins is, you might be at the wrong blog.
Many homeschoolers do the same thing. Of course, many do the opposite, but we aren't addressing them here. The very act of rejecting the traditional education path is a huge jump outside of the box. It's probably a much bigger deal than most of us realized when we kept the kids home during the elementary years. Of course, the thing about teaching your kids to question everything is that eventually, they will start to question you. If you can handle that, you truly are a punk.
I wish I had that quote when I did IgniteDC. it would have been perfect for my presentation.