Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Carnival of Homeschooling

The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at The Lilting House. I haven't joined it for ages, but I joined it this week because of my extreme desire for unity the the homeschooling ranks.

I know that there has been an issue with a post being censored because the host didn't like the rest of that blogger's blog. But it has also been agreed that that person will not host again. I have always been impressed with the diverse views in the carnival, and the only way to keep it that way is for a variety of people to submit.

I can understand why non-Christian homeschoolers often feel overwhelmed by the number of Christian homeschoolers. I can understand why there is animosity and frustration, because of both homeschooling history and continuing exclusion. But, in my opinion, withdrawing into your own walled enclave doesn't make any more sense to me than they do.

And, yes, I am a Christian and I am a homeschooler, but I have never been comfortable with the dominant element in Christian homeschooling circles, preferring instead the company of those who prefer mixed company.

7 comments:

jdoriot said...

i am a Christian too...the first homeschool group I joined was filled with Super-Christians and I felt so inadequate...they were quite judgemental! I now belong to a different group...still a Christian group...but very welcoming to everyone. I like this much better!

Barb the Evil Genius said...

I understand the Super-Christian thing, but most homeschoolers just make me feel inadequate. I'm not very organized and getting my kids to study is like pulling teeth...

Jane said...

I know exactly what you mean, Barb!

Dana said...

Sorry to leave this here, but I couldn't find an email...feel free to delete it!

Just wanted to let you know that you have been added to the TTLB homeschooling community. This isn't a requirement, but a link to the community page would be appreciated so your readers know about it as well.

Thanks!
TTLB Homeschool Community

Barbara Frank said...

I agree with you about the mixed company. One of my issues with our state's Christian homeschool association is that they tend to push a certain belief system, to the neglect of any others, thus leaving out many other Christians and all non-Christians. Not a good witness.

PS How's that garden coming? :)

Beth Ritzman said...

Hi Jane!
I saw "IndianaJane" on the carnival and thought "Hey! I wonder if that's Jane C.?!
Then I saw your blog addy on live & learn, & here you are!
I've always been curious about how you've homeschooled, and I look forward to reading your past posts for inspiration!
Feel free to come check us out on our Homeschool & Life blog.
Later

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