Monthly Archives: July 2013

Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Eight, The Best Thing vs. What Was Missing

“This post is the ‘big picture,’ the reasons that former homeschoolers list as the best thing(s) about homeschooling. The second half of this post is the responses of these adults about what they wish had been different about their homeschooling experience. I hope this post encourages you and gives you some food for thought as well.”

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Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Seven, What About Socialization?

“The issue of socialization and homeschooling is so dynamic because, whether homeschoolers like to admit it or not, what they are doing is counter-cultural. It isn’t ‘the way’ most Americans are educated or how most adults learned to interact with the world. This is neither good nor bad. It simply is. But because it is ‘different,’ it may and often does present some challenges.”

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Rewriting History — History of America Mega-Conference: Part Eight, Closing Thoughts

“Presenters understood children to be transmitters of fundamentalist Christianity unto future generations, and thus concepts such as ‘generational thinking’ often came up. The History of America Mega-Conference was a homeschooling conference, after all, and its revisionist ideas were intended for the curricula of homeschooled children. To boot, children are to be steeped in fundamentalist Christian thought and shielded from mainstream culture.”

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Crosspost: Methodological Problems with Kevin Swanson and Brian Ray’s Gen 2 Survey

“Libby Anne posted recently about a new survey conducted by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, a non-profit which conducts studies of questionable scientific validity on homeschooling. As a Ph.D. social scientist myself, I looked over the new survey with a critical eye and I’m sorry to say there won’t be much useable data gleaned from it because it is rife with methodological problems.”

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Rewriting History — History of America Mega-Conference: Part 7, Christian Vikings, Godly Explorers, and Strange Bacon

“By holding up a Eurocentric, Christocentric narrative as the only valid one, Foster effectively erased Native Americans, non-Christians, and non-Protestants from the history of the New World. Foster’s version of history does not force us to wrestle with atrocities of the past, or face the effects of colonization and ethnocide that still linger today. In short, Foster’s history is a shame-free history that absolves us from having to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors.”

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Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Part Five, The Highschool Experience

“The truth is, everyone goes through ‘crap’ during the high school years, either in public, private or homeschool. The struggles for public/private school students are often very different — and not just the ‘unholy trinity’ of sex, drugs and alcohol. Like it or not, homeschooled high schoolers still experiment sexually and are tempted by drugs and alcohol. But homeschool students often go through personal struggles that their non-homeschooled peers do not have to deal with.”

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