Someone today asked me if growing up homeschooled helped eliminate distractions from my education. It caught me off guard because I never stopped to think about that before. "I guess." was my response as I shrugged it off - unsure of what else to say.
After the fact, I realized there was something entirely wrong with that assumption.
First of all, let me remind you that my education isn't complete, and it never will be. "Homeschooling" wasn't my education. It's not what you do in Kindergarten through 12th grade that determines whether or not you "had a good or bad education".
(Also, grades are stupid.)
Education, as I've said many times, is a way of life. A never-ending journey, a mindset, and a worldview - it's a lifestyle.
"Did being homeschooled eliminate distractions from your education?"
Let's translate this question into what it really means.
"Did not going through a conveyor-belt schooling system eliminate distractions from your worldview and approach to life?"
It sounds funny when you say it like that.
Distractions are bad at school but, in the real world, we call that curiosity.
Sure, there are times when you want to restrict yourself and be committed to one project at a time. But, "distractions", are a part of being human.
So, here's my answer to the question: no. In fact, it gave me the ability to distinguish between good and bad distractions. (Curiosity and interruptions.) Homeschooling gave me the ability to spot the difference but it also gave me the freedom to embrace the good distractions.