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    Filed at 5:52 am under by dcobranchi

    Mike Smith’s column at the WashTimes is all about reaching out and preaching the gospel:

    One of the most effective ways of growing the home-school movement is for home-school families to spread the word about what they have discovered. They should be equipped with facts and figures that support home-schooling. They should be able to point people to “getting-started resources” and local support groups.

    This is a challenge for all home-schoolers, because if we do not look for opportunities at our church or at work to make the case for home-schooling, then too many families will fail to understand that home-schooling is a viable option. Also, previously home-schooling families could be enticed back under the public system via ever-increasing subsidies, without existing home-school families who are willing to lend a hand.

    There are millions of parents who would benefit from making this important choice. In order for home-schooling to fulfill its potential and revolutionize education in this country, home-schooling parents need to persuade other parents that the benefits of home-schooling outweigh the burdens. This is one of the most important challenges facing home-schooling today. I trust that the home-school movement will choose to go the extra mile and ensure that home-schooling continues to thrive.

    I’ve written before that I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of preaching the Good News of home education. Now, Mike Smith wants to take this and extend it further, to “revolutionize education.” Now I’m sure I don’t like it.

    I don’t care to revolutionize education. I don’t see home education as a “movement.” I’m of the “leave me the hell alone” bent. That’s directed at both the government and homeschool advocates who want to use homeschooling to further their personal political agendas. (Yes, Scott, I’m talking about HSLDA. You can call me judgmental, again, if you wish.) So, I’ll fight for homeschooling freedoms (to ensure my own) and ally myself with like-minded folks. I have nothing but disdain for the “movement” folks who see homeschooling as a means to an end, the end being political power for themselves (Yes, Scott, I’m talking about HSLDA).


    Comment by
    December 19th, 2005
    at 8:04 am

    I would like to add that as a ‘newer’ homeschooler (my daughter is only 7) albeit one who has researched and done some serious ‘homework’ on the topic since she was 2, I dislike the idea of making homeschooling seem like a ‘viable option’ to the masses. I’d much rather people had to put the effort into finding that out themselves. It seems in our ‘get rich quick’ society things that come without much effort are never given much effort, and thus quality declines.

    I’ve actually taken to discouraging people from homeschooling, especially if I sense they are the ‘easy road’ kind. If they are persistent in wanting info I take that as a good sign! We have a very active group of homeschooling families that get together quite frequently and accept new members. We’ve had to put in place ‘requirements’ for the get togethers because we were finding some hangers-on who were partaking of our fun, but not contributing to the making of said fun. We lost quite of few of the families who were dead wood when they realized they couldn’t just coast along anymore. (sigh)

    In a way I long sometimes for what I perceive as the ‘good old days’ of homeschooling when people were more self supporting because they had to be, and thus less dependent and likely to expect things to be done for them rather than doing it themselves.

    My two cents.

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2005
    at 8:10 am

    Just think of what HSLDA might try to accomplish with the dues from another 500,000 members.

    Scary thought.

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2005
    at 2:39 pm

    I found all the references to homeschoolers losing their rights to the government almost comical. Almost.