Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has started Homeschool Blogger, which offers free hosting and templates.
It infuriates me that fundamentalist Christians pretend that they and only they are true homeschoolers. The Old Schoolhouse is a magazine for homeschooling families who are also fundamentalist Christians. It looks like Homeschool Blogger is for the same folks, and should really be called Homeschooling Rightwing Christian Blogger. There’s nothing wrong with rightwing Christians setting up a blog spot for themselves, but I wish they’d be clearer in naming.
The egregious Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is the worst offender in this area. They pretend to speak for all homeschoolers, yet they espouse controversial views that many, many non-rightwingers disagree with.
There is no requirement that a homeschooler must be a Christian. The fact that many are is a testimony to the freedom found in this country to raise our children in the way a parent feels best.
I say bravo, to the publishers of The Old Schoolhouse for recognizing that there is a need within homeschooling to learn from each other. (They do not make a profession of faith a part of their sign up as far as I know.) If that doesn’t suit someone’s idea of a great idea, oh well.
The blogosphere is a big place and there is plenty of room for another portal for homeschoolers who choose to educate differently. But I can’t understand the anger at The Old Schoolhouse for recognizing a need and trying to meet it.
As far as HSLDA, They have a large membership that has asked them to speak for them. The fact that they are recognized as a authority by the media is no different than the media going to NOW when they have an issue involving women. Neither speaks for all but they each claim to represent a large segment of a select group.
FYI I am neither a member of NOW or HSLDA but I am a Christian, Homeschooler, mother of 6, and my blog http://www.spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com and
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/spunkyhomeschool are the only locations that speak for me.
Cardinal Fang wrote:
It infuriates me that fundamentalist Christians pretend that they and only they are true homeschoolers.
Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is the worst offender in this area. They pretend to speak for all homeschoolers,
From HSLDA’s web site:
“Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. ”
So, they’re representing themselves as people who defend the right of parents to homeschool.
And yet, even if you pay their $100/year fee and are a homeschooler, they won’t defend you legally if you don’t use a canned curriculum, despite the fact that many homeschooling parents of younger kids don’t use curricula.
They support lobbying (using membership dollars) on such homeschooling-irrelevant issues as gay marriage (they oppose it), the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (they oppose it) and the re-election of George Bush (they supported him).
They frequently speak to the press as if they were representing the views of all homeschoolers. For example, here on their website is a press release in which they editorialize on “Why Home Schoolers Support The Straight A’s Act.”
Here is another take on HSLDA and how it doesn’t speak for all homeschoolers.
None of which supports your fairly ridiculous contentions.
The name is “Home School Legal Defense Association”. If they’ve got some rules you don’t like then your options are to tell them to piss off, accept the rules or try to change them. Besides, just the existance of the organization, along with its willingness to haul school districts and bureaucracies into court, would be beneficial to all home schoolers.
They frequently speak to the press as if they were representing the views of all homeschoolers.
Not only doesn’t the linked editorial support the notion that the HSLDA purport to represent all home schoolers it’s also over five years old. Isn’t there anything more recent, and more convincing, to illustrate you contentions?
Your last link is to an editorial on the Homeschooling Unitarian Universalist web site and is just a reprise of your unsupported charges and unhappiness with the organizational choices made by HSLDA.
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