Apologetics without apology, 26 December 2007, Suburban Journals, Town and Country, Missouri
The Monroe County Homeschool Group fits squarely in that mold and its participation in the National Christian Forensics & Communication Association-a nationwide speech and debate organization for home-schooled children-seems only natural.
Robyn Starkey, one of a handful of parents who work with the Monroe County Homeschool Group, said the NCF&CA, “is really about teaching young people to be better communicators.”
“It takes an army of volunteers to do what we do,” Starkey said. “(Home-schooling) requires bringing many different skills and talents together. With the St. Louis Speech & Debate Club, we also need people like attorneys and other professionals to serve as judges.”
Homeschooling doesn’t require a greater variety of skills and talents than do other everyday activities. Shopping for groceries is the tail end of a complex meshing of talents, what with all the workers needed to get produce from the seeders to the feeders. To keep the nation fed, we have seed developers, planters, agricultural workers, harvesters, packagers, delivery systems, and store workers, who work with implements developed, produced and delivered by workers not directly connected to food production. Most systems that support a sophisticated society need “many different skills and talents.”
I don’t intend to diminish the hard work of homeschooling families, but we aren’t an esoteric breed. Homeschooling families put one foot in front of the other, just like everyone else. Perhaps the sooner reporters lump homeschoolers in to the status of ‘normal,’ the sooner the potshots will fade away.
posted by Valerie