Thanks for your response. I appreciate the clarification.
I am just enough of a conspiracy theorist to go so far as to say that the reason rabid conservatives are trotted out as Homeschooling Poster Children is that the media has an agenda- they are invested in discrediting home education.
Every group has its extremists- find me ONE group that doesn't have a fringe element, and that element tends to be the lever with which the whole group can be invalidated and brushed aside.
What we need more of is folks who are capable of critical thinking, and get their news and information from sources other than People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. Then these agenda driven stories would have no kindling with which to start their fires of contention.
I understand moonbeam, but my point is that the things you have mentioned are not unique to homeschooling- they are part and parcel of parenting and childhood.
I don't think there is enough truth telling about traditional schools. I know parents whose children have been lost for hours from school, whose kids were abused, and I myself was able to go to movies in the afternoon in high school and still get on the honor roll. I was also sexually assaulted during school hours. Is that an experience to recommend to all and sundry?
Every system has its problems, and I don't mind when folks point out that HSing can have its difficulties, but to point out those difficulties and say that gov't accountability or public education is the answer is like curing a headache with a hammer.
We simply dont feel the need to constantly separate ourselves from the world by 1. hiding from it, and 2. talking about it all the time. "These two things are hallmarks of conservative Christians in general, not just of homeschooled conservative Christians. Christians are welcome to homeschool like anyone else, but I sure wish theyd tone down the separatist rhetoric a bit."
Joey- please don't attempt to dislodge one stereotype by reinforcing another one. There are plenty of folks who associate with others of similar interests, faiths, and ethnicity. There isn't a conspiracy of Christian HSers out to 'take over' the homeschool movement.
Rather, because of the ability to agree on certain philosophical and Biblical principles, they are often able to 'get it done' while others are still standing around arguing about what time the meeting is. ;)
BTW, I have been home educating for 12+ years, and I can't remember the last time I met a Christian HSer who used BJU or A Beka.
I don't intend to dismiss your concerns and experiences but I would like to point out that loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, gaps in one's academics- these things are true of public schooled kids, so if you experienced these things as a homeschooled child, chances are you would have experienced them in 'regular' school as well.
I have alot of friends who were homeschooled, and are excited about homeschooling their own children, or are already doing so. Obviously they did not have a bad experience as you did.
No family is perfect, and there are going to be problems because of character issues that are inherent in human nature, and not confined to any particular educational method.
I'm sorry if I missed it, but did this article have A Point?
Unfortunate wardrobe choices, awkwardness at social gatherings, and hostility towards authority figures is certainly not confined to the homeschool world. The standard plot of a John Hughes movie resonates with those of us who went to public schools because of the the cultural bubble that kids create there- the system is certainly not the utopia of socialization or high fashion. And judging from the numbers I see from various schools' report cards, it "ain't mucha place for learnin' neither".
If my kids grow up not knowing who Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan are, but have read Thomas Sowell and can discuss the life of someone like Condi Rice, I will consider myself to have succeeded beyong all expectations.;)
"The scarier part of parents controlling their kids' education: It's a largely unchecked phenomenon. In many cases, no one outside the family really knows what's going on, and researchers say good statistics on homeschooled kids are hard to come by."
You think THAT is scary? How about 1) the idea that parents shouldn't determine or direct their children's educations, 2) that anyone believes parents who take on such a task should be 'checked on' like naughty children up to no good, 3)that anyone thinks that homeschoolers never interact with other people, and so "no one knows what is 'really' going on" (do you think HSers dance naked by the light of the moon or something?)4) that statistics provide some 'proof' of learning.
Articles like these provide proof that the public in general is brainwashed into accepting ridiculous assumptions such as these without question. That, boys and girls, IS scary.
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