Here are a few of my favorite questions. And before you ask, I will say Yes - In 13 years of being home with my girls, I have heard everyone of these questions, many more than once.
When we are out in public on a school day,
"Why aren't you in school today, dear?"
"Oh, is it a teacher holiday today?"
"No school today?"
"Did you skip class today?"
"Oh, are you home sick today?"
"Did you really take your kids out of school to bring them to the beach?"
Then there are the questions from well meaning folks. They often have no understanding of homeschooling, and are genuinely concerned that we are messing up our perfectly adjusted offspring.
"What about socialization?"
"How are they going to meet other kids?"
"How do you know what to teach?"
"Does the Ministry (state/government) tell you what to teach?"
"What about the prom?"
"Do they go to school for testing?"
"If you don't test, how do you know they are learning something?"
"But your girls are missing out on so much, they can never be cheerleaders."
"Are you a teacher? (No) So how can teach your kids?"
"How long are you going to do this for? What are you going to do when they want to go to University?"
"They don't have transcripts, how will they get into uni?"
"How are they going to play sport?" (The personal irony of this question is in the fact that both of my children are nationally recognized athletes)
"Aren't your kids a little old to still be homeschooling?"
"Children need the discipline provided by schools, how are your kids going to survive in the real world with out it?"
And then their are those who simply feel compelled to comment, to offer their opinion, to justify their need to send their children to school or just to hear their voice.
"How can you stand to be with your kids all day?"
"I could never homeschool, I hate math (or science, or history, etc)."
"I am not smart enough to homeschool my kids, are you?"
"If homeschooling is so great for the kids, then why don't you homeschool my kids too."
And my all time favorite ridiculous question. This is the one that left me speechless.
"There are bullies everywhere. What are your kids going to do later in life if they haven't learnt how to deal with bullies when they were younger?"