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