Quilting versus Homeschooling

Dear Reader,

This list was in response to a friend, overwhelmed by the prospect of beginning homeschooling, who likened it to the feeling she had when she tried to learn to quilt.

Reasons why homeschooling is easier than quilting:
1. You have 18 years (counting from birth) to get homeschooling done. Grandma’s quilt needs to be done by Christmas.
2. When you quilt, you need to pick colors that go together and knwo how the whole quilt will be before you start. In homechooling, you start with easy stuff, ABCs and 123s, and don’t need to know what calculus looks like for another 13 or so years.
3. Somebody out there quilts perfectly and makes no mistakes. Your quilt may look awful in comparison to theirs. Nobody’s kid is perfect. Your kid may look worse in some areas but will look better in others.
4. You can’t change quilt patterns once you have started. You can change homeschooling methods.
5. When your quilt is done, it is done. You can’t go back and fix bits. When you child leaves homes, if you have forgotten to teach then the capital of Nigeria, they can figure it out for themselves.
6. If you can’t teach calculus or science or literature, you can hire somebody who can. You can pay someone else to finish your quilt but that is cheating.
Any additions you can think of?

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