In the following blog entry, what I understand the writer to say is that because “homeschools” were undisciplined and lax, and because the homeschool support “system” was also flabby, a private school “was founded” to remedy the problem.
Reason and Revelation, Homeschooling and College
One private school, located in Raleigh, was founded because some homeschoolers were dissatisfied with the lackadaisical nature of many homeschools. The support system among homeschools was also lacking discipline. So, they decided to pool their resources and start a private school.
This makes it sound as if these parents sent their children to “homeschools” and didn’t like the quality, even after shopping around — a lot, so they set up a private school of their own. The illogic in that assertion is that the people providing the service of homeschooling are one and the same as the parents of the homeschooled children. The children aren’t ‘sent’ to school (although, yes, parents often use outside services).
Now, the formation of the school could have been inspired by a group of homeschooling parents who banded together to form a co-op that grew into a private school (although, that isn’t what the headmaster’s web page says). The situation of homeschooling parents objecting to the quality of homeschooling provided by the homeschools, then founding a school to compensate for the poor scholarship, is odd. It’s as if a group of home cooks decided that the meals laid on their dining room tables were inedible, and they had no intention of seeking out decent cookbooks, so they founded a cooking school.
Altogether, it’s an odd little blog post that makes me think that, on some level, perhaps a homeschool anti-defamation league wouldn’t be a terrible idea. The league’s crest could feature pajamas. With feet.
The saving grace is that the blogger links to an article by a homeschooling mother and poet, Sally Thomas. I’m glad the first blog post popped up so that I could read the second one.
The homeschooling life often feels like life on a pillar: isolated but visible, removed yet immersed in essential undertakings. We have not so far, in our own “mainly uneventful” life, done single combat with sword-wielding phantoms or been shown off as a “wonder of the empire.” And yet, what looks like not that much on the daily surface of things proves in the living to be something greater than the schedule on the page suggests, a life in which English and math and science and history, contemplation and discussion and action, faith and learning, are not compartmentalized entities but elements in an integrated whole from which, we hope and pray, our children will emerge one day so firmly formed that nothing in this world can unbend them.
posted by Valerie