I’ve never really perceived the act of homeschooling as one of societal rebellion. The choice made by this family to home educate is a very private one, one that places no judgment upon those who choose a different road. Perhaps ours is the road less traveled, as it has made all the difference.
The following article is extremely interesting as I’ve not really considered too deeply what others think of our family and our choice to home educate. Those closest to us are the ones we care most about, though we simply don’t live our lives to please others, we live to please God. And homeschooling fits. We’ve tried other ways. This is what works for us. Those of you who are homeschooling will read the article, nodding and smiling in agreement. I’m not sure how the non-homeschoolers will feel…perhaps they’ll ring in with their own opinions.
h/t to Starry Sky Ranch:
SONNY SCOTT: Home-schoolers threaten our cultural comfort
6/8/2008 9:39:01 AM
You see them at the grocery, or in a discount store.
It’s a big family by today’s standards – “just like stair steps,” as the old folks say. Freshly scrubbed boys with neatly trimmed hair and girls with braids, in clean but unfashionable clothes follow mom through the store as she fills her no-frills shopping list.
There’s no begging for gimcracks, no fretting, and no threats from mom. The older watch the younger, freeing mom to go peacefully about her task.
You are looking at some of the estimated 2 million children being home schooled in the U.S., and the number is growing. Their reputation for academic achievement has caused colleges to begin aggressively recruiting them. Savings to the taxpayers in instructional costs are conservatively estimated at $4 billion, and some place the figure as high as $9 billion. When you consider that these families pay taxes to support public schools, but demand nothing from them, it seems quite a deal for the public.
Home schooling parents are usually better educated than the norm, and are more likely to attend worship services. Their motives are many and varied. Some fear contagion from the anti-clericalism, coarse speech, suggestive behavior and hedonistic values that characterize secular schools. Others are concerned for their children’s safety. Some want their children to be challenged beyond the minimal competencies of the public schools. Concern for a theistic world view largely permeates the movement.
Indications are that home schooling is working well for the kids, and the parents are pleased with their choice, but the practice is coming under increasing suspicion, and even official attack, as in California.
Why do we hate (or at least distrust) these people so much? Continue reading “Many and varied motives…”