I don’t think so.
If outsiders are pressing the Southern Baptist denomination to abandon the public schools, and if some people in the denomination are listening, that’s their lookout. But to credit “home-schoolers” as a group with advocating that Southern Baptists do anything, whether it has to do with schooling, taking certain jobs or learning to snowboard, that is a mis-statement. If I had lobbied, one way or the other in today’s election concerning any of the candidates for Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal church, that would not mean that ‘homeschoolers’ felt the same way about that particular candidate.
Certain parties seem to be using homeschooling, and the Baptists in particular, as a lever against public schools, but that doesn’t make the proposed departure (which apparently wasn’t universally supported) a ‘homeschooling’ issue.
- Charleston Post Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, 18 June 2006, Home-schoolers pressing conservative denominations to leave public schools making headway among Southern Baptists.
For E. Ray Moore Jr., the choice was simple. He would row his family to safety.
His journey began in 1977, when, as a seminary student in Indiana, Moore and his wife decided to home-school their son.
Since then, he has become a national figure in the home-schooling movement. For the past three years, he has lobbied religious groups to call for an exodus from the public school system and has made headway with the Free Methodists, the Assemblies of God and the Presbyterian Church in America, all conservative denominations. His most notable success so far has come out of his work with the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination.
Moore is not a Baptist, but he visited national conferences in 2004 and 2005 to fight for his cause.
Bruce Shortt, sponsor of the resolution, said its failure will not stop him from continuing to press the convention on the issue. He views the upcoming study as a victory.
- The New York Sun (subscription), New York, New York, 15 June 2006, Baptists Refuse To Consider Home Schooling Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention refused yesterday to support a resolution urging the denomination to form a strategy for removing children from public schools in favor of home schooling or education at private schools.
This particular repeating nine-day-wonder has nothing to do with homeschooling per se.