There's been an uproar about homeschooling for many years, but due to recent outcries of abuse it tends to draw in a negative audience. Homeschoolers get upset at the negative publicity, but hey..publicity is a good thing. The part that is the worst is when cases of abuse arise and homeschoolers try to cover it up and hide it. Those are the homeschoolers that get the most negative attention.
The problem people have with homeschooling is the same problem they have with religion and many times homeschooling and religion mix. It's not always a good mix. There are plenty of Atheist homeschoolers who don't abuse and there are Christians homeschoolers who don't abuse. The problem is the isolation and the "I'm always right" mentality. The "Us vs. Them" camp is where most of the problems come from.
These particular camps are creating a modern day Berlin wall. "We're better than you.. you're the enemy blah blah blah".
Excuse me, but I never read where Jesus ever said to isolate yourself and think you're better than everyone else. Some families get so caught up in fear that they isolate themselves from the world as if it's full of blood sucking zombies. There have been so many tragedies when camps isolate themselves. If Jesus had stayed in his own little synagogue where would we be today?
I've had long conversations with foster parents who have dealt with social workers in regards to their religion. For the most part, social workers don't care if you're a church going family of faith. What they do care about is the "Us vs. Them" mentality. And I believe they have a good reason for that concern.
I'm not so concerned about getting negative attention about our homeschooling. Here's why.. I don't force my kids into isolation, I don't limit their textbooks to only Christian books, and I don't forbid them from learning world religions. As a matter of fact, we take quite a bit of time studying world religions. I think it's incredibly important for our next generation to have a good working knowledge of what other nations believe, in order to effectively communicate with them.
Our homeschooled kids are going to enter this world as adults someday and how are we preparing them? With fear? To isolate from co-workers who don't go to church? To only befriend people who go to the same denomination as them? It's no wonder church feels like high school.
I cringe at the idea of homeschool circles being like that. I want to be able to gather with other homeschoolers without having to go to their church. I don't want to hear a bunch of condemnation about the status of my womb or my husband's sperm count. I don't want my kids to have to worry about getting snubbed by culotte wearing teens. In a lot of ways, the world is far more accepting of our family than some homeschool and Christian groups.
I can hear the accusations now...
"Don't call homeschoolers cults!"
I'm not. But what I AM saying is there are a lot of homeschoolers who are in cults and the cult mentality is oozing into the homeschool circles and it's quite annoying. If you don't want the word 'cult' associated with 'homeschooling' then don't adopt the legalism that is infecting much of the homeschool market. Push legalism back in it's closet where it belongs.
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