Spunky Blogger

One of my long-time favorite bloggers is Karen Braun, known in the homeschool blogging world as Spunky. Her Spunky Homeschool blog has often made me think, many times made me laugh, always provided thoughtful and inspiring reading in one capacity or another.

Today Spunky writes about an upcoming documentary and shares her thoughts about the message it portrays about the history – and the future – of the homeschool movement. She voices a concern I felt when I viewed the YouTube clip on her site: “The video production is professional but the build-up of suspense using music and courtrooms attempts to provoke a sense of urgency and fear that I’m not sure is warranted.”

I don’t want to copy all of Spunky’s post here, but I do want to share her valuable perspective, which I definitely share: “Secular and Christian homeschoolers are both part of homeschooling in America and its history. Each has made significant contributions to the liberties we now enjoy. I certainly hope that those that seek to tell the history allow all the facts to be known. We’ll see.”

She’s right, we’ll see. But in the meantime we should be aware of things that are happening around us in the name of homeschooling. I recommend reading her post in its entirety for a good perspective on some of what’s happening, and then read the comments to her post for some additional food for thought.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you have a question?
We have several answers!

Search HEM's 10,000+ page knowledge base.

Home Education Magazine

Home Education Magazine is available by subscription in either print, digital, or a combined format.

(Preview a digital sample.)

Subscribe Today

Print - One Year Sub $26.00
Print - Two Year Sub $48.00
Digital - One Year Sub $13.00
Digital & Print - One Year Sub $36.00
Print US domestic only. HEM is no longer accepting print subs to foreign addresses.

Since 1983 Home Education Magazine has been a trusted name in homeschooling.

RSS Home Education Magazine

  • Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside the Classroom
    An HEM Interview between filmmaker Jeremy Stuart and HEM’s editor, Barb Lundgren, published in HEM’s September-October 2014 issue From home study and kitchen table math, to perpetual recess and park days, Class Dismissed follows the story of an ordinary American family in their quest to educate their children outside the school system. As they struggle […]

RSS Homeschooling

RSS News & Commentary

  • Wisconsin Virtual Academy Must Adhere to Public School Requirements
    Wisconsin Virtual Academy Must Adhere to Public School Requirements Over the years, there has been intentional word mixing by some officials in order to draw independent homeschoolers back into the public schools.  Across the board, confusion often reigns as to who or who is not a homeschooler.  It usually lies on the homeschool community’s back […]

RSS HEM Resources

  • Hands On Science Kits
    Hands On Science Kits Tumblehome Learning, helps kids imagine themselves as young scientists or engineers and encourages them to experience science through adventure and self-guided discovery. Exciting mystery Adventure Fun experiments Hands On Science Kits All carefully designed to engage students. Learn more about how to engage and satisfy your kids scientific curiosity GO to […]

RSS HEM Groups

  • Staying Informed
    Staying Informed The issues facing homeschoolers today are fundamentally the same as 30 years ago when HEM was first published. While communication is easier the underlying social question is, can parents be trusted with their kids? Our political positions will support this answer in the affirmative. But this is not always the case nor is it […]