I am all for helping new homeschoolers find their way into the kind of homeschooling that fits their families.Â I am all for answering questions from people who are interested in homeschooling.Â I am all for making homeschooling information as available as possible to people who are interested.
I am not for converting people to homeschooling.
- Agape Press, Tupelo, Mississippi, 20 April 2006, Effort Aims to ‘Evangelize’ Families into Home SchoolingÂ Â Â Â
An estimated 700,000 American families have five or more years of home-schooling experience. According to Dr. Bruce Shortt of Exodus Mandate, if just 25 percent of those families brought new families into home schooling each year, the number of home schoolers would easily double in a few years.
Bruce Shortt is the author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, a book published by The Chalcedon Foundation.Â The name of the publisher, for me, isÂ enough to steer clear of the concept of prosyletizing for homeschooling.
Even if the author wasn’t affiliated with that particular group, I’d still be against the idea.Â Homeschooling is not something to be undertakenÂ for reasonsÂ other than the people involved in the relationship want to do it.Â
Yes, homeschooling can be recommended.Â Yes, homeschooling worked well for those of us who advocate for it.Â Yes, I’m glad I did it.Â But that doesn’t mean I should convince others to do it, just to increase the ‘number of home schoolers.’