I read an article* about the ties between HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association, which offers legal counsel to member families should they need it as well as other services, although this is our sole reason for membership) and Russia. I’m not sure what to make of it yet, to be honest, but it got me thinking about how we fell into this home education thing.
My interest began in college when it sounded like fun. Since our kids were hypothetical at the time, Matt thought it was fine. But when Claudia was four, he started to worry: was homeschooling a good idea?
Then…we moved to Arkansas. And suddenly everyone in my very northern family was okay with homeschooling, for better or ignorance. Little Rock has a weird school district, where the state took over the school board shortly before we arrived. Matt got on board and is pleased with progress thus far, though we talk every now and then about the future and still don’t have a clear answer.
Between my initial interest in homeschool and today, my reasons for pursuing home education have changed. As I said before, it sounded fun at first, idyllic even. And as a young Christian, I felt duty-bound to teach them about the Bible. How could I do that if they were at school all day?
Well, there’s breakfast. And dinner. And before bed. And church on Sunday and life lessons on Saturday and I’m sorry and forgiveness and all manner of moments in between. At some point, I realized that teaching the Bible was not reason enough to homeschool.
Somewhere along the way in my research (and it was exhaustive to say the least; I’m nothing if not a thorough Googler), I fell into some fear-mongering kool-aid.
The world seemed very scary and bleak. It felt like I would never be able to trust my children outside my own care.
I didn’t trust the federal government and its ever-changing whims to dictate what my children learned. I need my kids to be able to read, write, do math, think for themselves, take care of themselves, and contribute to society.
…but in time, I realized that the grass wasn’t necessarily greener on the other side.
(Name that movie!)
In my abundant research, I read so many crazy-lady blogs and read forum after forum of people dealing with the fallout of being homeschooled. Misinformation and ignorance abound in homeschool curriculum.
I trust the stuff I’ve got, but I’m wary of anything too conservative or too liberal. It feels like crazy lives on all sides. Just the facts, please. Or an even-handed discussion when the truest answer is “we’re really not sure.”
There’s no real landing spot for this blog post and it’s a bit all over the place–precisely because I’m “really not sure” how to feel about homeschool beyond my four walls. It’s a blessing to us right now, but I’m not looking for agendas beyond healthy, happy kids growing and learning in a developmentally appropriate way and the ability to train them up in the way they should go.
Luckily, for today, that’s enough.