There is a lot going on in the media about free speech, homeschooling, Christians, and education in general. A Peaceful Day has a post discussing an article that seems to raise unwarranted concern about homeschoolers, particularly American politician Rick Santorum. Is the real concern that some homeschooling parents (religious or not) might neglect academics or (puh-leeze) socialization? Or is that just a smokescreen for those who separate "freedom of worship" from "freedom of religion?" I'm not sure.
As I've said before, merely occupying a particular place in society is enough to ensure that some people out there won't like you. I am a middle-aged white female, educated in Ontario public schools and universities. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last twenty years. I attend a Christian church. Our children have received most of their schooling outside of the public school system. I diapered a baby in disposables, I eat pork, I buy cold cereal, I read books by dead white guys, and I wear blue jeans. I'm sure there's at least one thing on that list (I could come up with more) to cause general fear and mistrust. In some people's minds, I'm a very dangerous person.
Bubba and me seem to have larned our young'uns good enough that they can get by with the readin', writin', and figgerin'. The two that went to public high school have been on the honour roll, and have earned a consistent stream of positive remarks from their teachers. And they've made friends too--imagine that. The oldest graduated with not only a high school diploma but with most of the requirements completed for her hairstyling apprenticeship, and she completed that soon afterwards...just before she entered university as a science major. (Yes, big bad science.) Middle daughter, now in ninth grade, has her own ideas about all the marvellous things she'd like to do and how she's going to do them. And what can I say about the fifth-grader, whose "lack of exposure to the real world" includes a weekly stint working with adults at the thrift store, and whose current favourite TV show is She-ra, Princess of Power?
(I guess that last one must have been brainwashed into them, yes?)
Answers to some misconceptions about homeschooling
Bubba and me think that homeskoolers are not so freaky
How come your kids don't know that?
Is public high school all that perky?
Linked from Carnival of Homeschooling: Texas Edition