About

Our Mission and Goals

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Homeschoolers Anonymous is a cooperative project by former homeschoolers.

Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) is a project of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO).

HA is a narrative-sharing platform run by former homeschoolers. HA contributors are an inclusive community interested in sharing our educational experiences. While the conservative, Christian homeschooling subculture is the primary focus of our contributors,  HARO sees HA as a clearinghouse for all stories about homeschooling from any people who have experienced it — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

As a part of HARO, HA’s mission is to improve homeschooling for future generations through awareness and education, peer-support networks, and resource development. HA specifically implements the awareness and education aspect of HARO’s mission. The HARO board believes that knowledge is power. To that end we publish personal stories and testimonies about homeschooling experiences, historical and sociological studies of the modern homeschooling movement, and analyses of the ideologies and leaders that have shaped homeschooling in the U.S.

Is HA opposed to homeschooling?

The HARO board does not stand against homeschooling as an educational method. We believe that homeschooling is a powerful, useful tool. It represents a democratic approach to educational progress, innovation, and creativity. It allows a child’s learning environment to be tailored to individual and personal needs. When homeschooling is done responsibly, it can be amazing. What we oppose is irresponsible homeschooling, where the educational method is used to create or hide abuse, isolation, and neglect.

Is HA opposed to _____?

The HARO board champions intersectionality and ecumenicity. We are a diverse community that welcomes all sorts of people. We do not advocate any one particular path — some of us are religious, some are not; some of us are politically liberal, others are conservative; some of us might homeschool our children in the future, others want nothing to do with homeschooling anymore. We are not interested in championing any particular doctrine other than the well-being of homeschool students and graduates.

Goal:

HA’s goal is to bring awareness to personal experiences of homeschooling subcultures and work to educate both homeschooling communities and the general public how experiences of abuse, isolation, and neglect arise within those subcultures.

Objectives:

Our project’s objectives are as follows:

1. Serve as a narrative-sharing platform for personal homeschooling experiences.

2. Use narrative-sharing to educate homeschooling communities about the existence of child abuse, self-injury, mental illness, and LGBT* students’ needs.

3. Chart the history and explain the politics of homeschooling.

4. Provide critical and thoughtful analyses of the ideas, curriculums, conventions, and leaders within homeschooling that give shape to its dominant milieus.

5. To inspire abuse and neglect survivors to speak out.

6. To give hope to those who currently suffer from abuse and control and to provide them with networks of support.

Disclaimer:

The views and opinions expressed by our individual contributors do not necessarily reflect those of HA as a platform or HARO as an organization.

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  3. Abolition [Aufhebung] of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.

    On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution.

    The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.

    Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.

    But, you say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.

    And your education! Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention direct or indirect, of society, by means of schools, &c.? The Communists have not invented the intervention of society in education; they do but seek to alter the character of that intervention, and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class.

    The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour.-Marx 1848

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