When I was in college, I worked in a small-town ice cream shop. One of my co-workers was a 16 year old girl who was home schooled–as well as her five siblings. They seemed so “normal” (not at all like the images I conjured in my head when hearing the phrase “home schooled”) and their dad was actually our little city’s police chief! I was fascinated with their family and this concept! I decided that once I had children, I would probably home school them! School had been a miserable existence my entire childhood–as a sensitive, introverted person I just never quite fit in. I’d been teased, sexually harrassed, threatened and worse. Part of my issues may have come from the fact that we’d moved so often that I'd attended twelve schools by graduation. There were times I did fit in (I even was a cheerleader–twice!) but more often than not, school was a nightmare.