Answers to FAQs about Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO).
We hope for and welcome a conversation about how we can together make homeschooling better for future generations.
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HARO has recently received its first opportunity to present at a homeschool convention — the 2014 Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California. Help us make it happen!
We are pleased to announce Lauren Dueck is joining Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out as our Board Chair. Lauren joins HARO’s other founding board members — R.L. Stollar, Nicholas Ducote, Andrew Roblyer, and Shaney Lee — as we move forward in the creation of our non-profit.
“A plural of narratives does not add up to empirical data. But it does add up to a plethora of narratives. As more survivors come forward and share their narrative, it will become harder and harder to reject each narrative as an anomaly. Denial of abusive homeschooling survivorship is a serious issue, and becoming elitist and selective about sharing stories contributes to the denial.”
“My goal is to strengthen the true parts of our movement — not to detract from any one person’s story, or empirical claim, or philosophical argument. All are valuable and all have their place. But unless we clearly identify the type of claim we are making, and unless we are clear on what type of evidence would support our claim, our claims will be weak.”
“If Swanson doesn’t want to agree with Homeschoolers Anonymous, he should say what he disagrees with and address our arguments. I’m not all oh-he’s-gotta-agree kinda gal. Just, yeah, tell me the what, why, and how you disagree. Oh yeah, that’s against the fundamental code book.”
“A significant chunk of what HA has done so far involves finding and sharing highly personal and individual stories. These stories can be difficult, heart-wrenching, and provocative. Sometimes, in response to these stories, people want to be dismissive, pushing these stories aside with a ‘Pssh… anecdotes.’ As if anecdotes about people’s lived experiences are somehow less than legitimate. Or sometimes people wonder if we are just wasting time, asking, ‘Can sharing individual stories make a difference?'”
“It is time for those of us familiar with the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl to speak up and speak against these abusive methods. It’s time to show that the damage of the Pearl’s method goes beyond just a few parents who got out of control. It’s time to show that it’s justifiable for the Pearl’s teachings to be linked to these horrible outcomes.”