That was part of the headline to a Northwest Herald article in McHenry County, Illinois about 2 new school board members, who are also homeschoolers. While the common link is ‘homeschool’, that very word expresses to me and many others that every family lives their own homeschooling lifestyle in their own uniquely fashioned way. I would say that the “two of a kind” reference would be more appropriate related to the standard(ized) contemporary school board experience. Rubber stamp comes to mind with the automatic machinations of the school district administration. Here’s hoping that Mr. Ryan and Mr. O’Neill can change the status quo on a permanent basis.
Districts have 2 of a kind May 21, 2007 Northwest Herald:
John Ryan and John O’Neill are the newest members of the school boards of two of the area’s larger districts. Both are fathers of school-aged children but don’t send them to the public school systems they now help run.
Instead, they home school.
This article focused on part of the reasons these 2 families homeschool and why they chose to include the public school board experience in their lives.
“f you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk,” Ryan said. “I didn’t want to stay on the sidelines and throw barbs.”
Good plan, as there are plenty of big mouths who like to throw barbs but are rarely seen at school board meetings to get (or give) an accurate picture. When my husband served on the school board, our phone records would prove he served as a good sounding board, but that problems don’t get resolved unless parents follow through and refuse to be intimidated.
Our family wishes them well in their service. As my husband reflected many times during and after his tenure, it’ll be an amazing learning experience. (We’ll leave out how it weighed out in the bottom line notion of kids having consistently productive learning experiences, even as there are some amazing teachers in the classroom.) Mr. O’Neill observed that ““I don’t look at public schools as the enemy”, which I think is true of most homeschooling families. Rather, we have an appreciation of the time spent with our families; as noted by Mr. Ryan.
“We really have gotten to know our children in ways we couldn’t have gotten to know them if they were in school seven hours per day,” Ryan said
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