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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It has been a difficult journey

Forbes.com says homeschooling is a good way to "tell the state to stick it".

I guess.....

It goes hand in hand with my observation that most homeschoolers in my neck of the woods are anti Obama hence all of a sudden, anti government, and all of the noise that goes along with it.  The article goes on to describe homeschoolers as "The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd (that)  embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance." and "Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives."

This is not necessarily my experience, but I do understand that there are homeschoolers around me that feel that way.  It kind of makes it hard when I don't necessarily agree with the rhetoric. 

So let's take the fact that I don't fit into my immediate homeschool community for this reason, and others.  Then consider the notion that homeschooling (in the way that we approached) it is a microcosm of public school, and you will understand that my journey has been no bed of roses.  Like the young lady in this article wrote, homeschooling through a co-op (or similar program) comes with all of the same issues and angst of any other school.... just on a much smaller scale.  There has been bullying, peer pressure, and bonding, and cliques, just like any other school.  It may not be as obvious, but if you look close enough, you'll see the signs.  So as a parent in this environment, I have also experienced the same type of things that a parent would experience in .... say... a large private school setting - parental cliques, (of which I am rarely in) and allies.  I would call them friends, but I know when my kid graduates, I probably won't see 98% of them ever again.  

I'm not complaining, just reflecting.  It is what it is. I'm just a rebel amongst rebels. 



Happy Elf Mom said...

"Homeschooled kids don’t lack socialization . . . but socialism."

Good golly Miss Molly, I love you but WTH are you reading? PLEASE tell me you don't take this stuff seriously.

And Hobby Lobby. I believe they shouldn't be compelled to provide contraceptive insurance, but "tyranny?" I absolutely detest Obama but I don't doubt that he was at least (voting irregularities aside) democratically elected. He didn't steal the election and become Dictator or Fuhrer.

I thought Forbes was all like business-y stuff, what is up with this? Maybe they have changed. A lot.

Ahermitt said...

Hey, I just google it.

Typed in the word "homeschooling" and clicked "news" and woop- there it is.

Karen said...

Yeah, I don't really feel like a huge rebel either. For us, homeschooling is not "against" anything, but, rather, "for" the lifestyle.