Many writers within homeschooling, myself included I’m sure, tend to write about homeschooling from their own perspectives. This probably isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself, because so many misconceptions crop up when we try to write from someone else’s viewpoint.
In the following blog post, I’ve learned two new terms: “old-style homeschooling types,” and “reformed homeschoolers.” “Old-style” I can wrap my mind around, although whose old style can be a general-readership sticking point. “Reformed homeschoolers,” though, leaves me completely at sea.
World Magazine Blog, Chicago, Illinois, 15 November 2006, How should we then govern?
… If Evangelicals got their wish in ten years and every elected official were a confessing believer, what kind of country would we make? What would we outlaw? What would we do? …
I’m reading and liking Richard John Neuhaus’s The Naked Public Square (1984), and he accepts, unlike many, that the answers to these questions are complicated. I really appreciate how he divides Evangelicals into three camps when it comes to politics: 1) Sectarians, 2) Triumphalists and 3) Compromisers. Sectarians withdraw from the world – everyone from the Amish to the old-style homeschooling types who didn’t get out much. …
Second comment: I think it’s painting with a broad brush to say that homeschoolers are waiting for the world to crash around them. There are many Reformed homeschoolers who are post-mil in their eschatology. They just believe that education is the role of the parents, not the government.
Seventh comment: I have met homeschoolers from all sorts of belief systems. Not all of them are fundamentalist Christians. Not all Reformed homeschoolers are post-mil in their eschatology, either – many of them are either a-mil or pre-mil – and some don’t know. There are also Mormons and pagans and new agers out there.
I understand “confessing,” “Amish,” “fundamentalistic,” “Mormons,” “pagans,” “a-mil,” “pre-mil” and “post-mil,” but I still can’t tell what a Reformed homeschooler is.
Mr. Google? … Well, I see some writers are using the term. I’m guessing “reformed” is in reference to their point on the Christian continuum, and not on the homeschooling continuum.