Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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It has been a difficult journey

Forbes.com says homeschooling is a good way to "tell the state to stick it".

I guess.....

It goes hand in hand with my observation that most homeschoolers in my neck of the woods are anti Obama hence all of a sudden, anti government, and all of the noise that goes along with it.  The article goes on to describe homeschoolers as "The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd (that)  embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance." and "Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives."

This is not necessarily my experience, but I do understand that there are homeschoolers around me that feel that way.  It kind of makes it hard when I don't necessarily agree with the rhetoric. 

So let's take the fact that I don't fit into my immediate homeschool community for this reason, and others.  Then consider the notion that homeschooling (in the way that we approached) it is a microcosm of public school, and you will understand that my journey has been no bed of roses.  Like the young lady in this article wrote, homeschooling through a co-op (or similar program) comes with all of the same issues and angst of any other school.... just on a much smaller scale.  There has been bullying, peer pressure, and bonding, and cliques, just like any other school.  It may not be as obvious, but if you look close enough, you'll see the signs.  So as a parent in this environment, I have also experienced the same type of things that a parent would experience in .... say... a large private school setting - parental cliques, (of which I am rarely in) and allies.  I would call them friends, but I know when my kid graduates, I probably won't see 98% of them ever again.  

I'm not complaining, just reflecting.  It is what it is. I'm just a rebel amongst rebels. 



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