• Secular Homeschooling

    by Published on 10-08-2014 12:49 PM
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    Did you know that October is Anti-Bullying Month or Bullying Prevention Month!

    I know many homeschoolers started homeschooling because of a bullying issue in public school. The boards and groups are full of kids who have had a bullying issue at school. It makes me so sad to read about them.


    My own son was no exception. We became accidental homeschoolers in Fall 2008 due to him being jumped from behind at school by 2 kids. He is a tall, big kid and at the time....only 1 teacher in the whole school was as tall as him. He defended himself, all kids were sent to the principal's office. The 2 kids who started it got off without punishment. My son was suspended for defending himself. It was the last straw and we became homeschoolers! Never looked back!

    Bullying has become such an issue, though I do think it was ALWAYS an issue. Think back to when we were growing up. There was always 1 kid who was the one to avoid, he or she was the school bully. Picking on the younger and weaker or different kids.

    Now, we have cyber bullies, physical bullies, hazing, and pretty much any kind of bullying you can imagine.
    Nobody should be bullied, EVER. ...
    by Published on 08-06-2014 07:45 AM
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    The Dark Ages of Secular Homeschooling

    I started homeschooling back in the Dark Ages. Don’t laugh! There was really and truly a time when finding another homeschooler who wasn’t homeschooling for religious or moral reasons was akin to finding a cactus growing in the ocean. No wait...let me clarify. Living here in North Carolina, it was more like finding a cactus growing in your bathtub.

    Now you’re curious to know what the Dark Ages of Homeschooling was like, aren’t you? I’d like to give you a full account, but my therapist has said that regression treatment isn’t the right protocol for my post-traumatic-denim-skirt-disorder. But there are occasional flashbacks of fibbing on support-group statements of faith, condemnations of our sons’ card-game hobbies, and marked looks of disapproval when it was my turn to teach the science co-op class.



    My Attempts to Reach Enlightenment

    In 2009, after trying everything from putting up flyers in the local library seeking other secular homeschoolers to scheduling Sunday morning field trips in order to “out” any other closeted families in our support group, I gave up looking for local support and turned my attention to the web. Surely there were some organized online gathering places for homeschoolers like myself who had chosen this educational path simply because it was the right option for my kiddos.

    Sadly, though, even the secular homeschooling networks on the internet were few and far between. But having recently watched “Field of Dreams” for the umpteenth time, I became convinced that there really were other homeschoolers like myself somewhere out there, and if I could just create a welcoming and inclusive place - - a place where people who homeschooled for health reasons, poor school/child fit reasons, family bonding ...
    Published on 07-07-2014 12:23 AM
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    This is another great blog reprint from unschooling blogger, Idzie Desmarais. Idzie has graciously allowed us to reprint her blog post from her blog, I'm Unschooled. Yes, I can write! Thank you Idzie!

    Idzie Desmarais is a (grown) unschooler, feminist, green anarchist, (confusedly) queer, pagan(ish) woman who makes her home in the Montreal area. She spends her time reading fantasy novels, writing, cooking up lots of tasty food in the kitchen, and dreaming of the homesteading intentional community she wants to help found someday.


    The Value in Writing for an Audience, Not a Grade

    After not reading any non-fiction books in quite a while, I picked up Better Than College by Blake Boles this afternoon and started reading. Instantly, something sparked a blog post idea. Blake writes:
    Instead of working on homework, papers, and presentations destined to be seen once and tossed into a trashcan, self-directed learners turn much of their hard work into useful products for other people.
    I don't know about "products," per se, but definitely something useful and appreciated.

    Reading that, I had a thought that somehow had never occurred to me before. Most young people view non-fiction writing as something primarily done to get good grades, something that is only useful insofar as it pleases a teacher or professor and thus leads to good marks.

    I've never written a five paragraph essay. Count paragraphs, you say? Construct an essay based on a rigid outline? Why would I do that? I've worked within word or space or time constraints numerous times, writing articles for magazines or talks for conferences. But I've never written an essay expected to adhere so closely to a specific outline, nor have I ever written something designed to please just one specific person. ...
    Published on 07-04-2014 12:20 AM
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    You're invited to participate in the second annual Homeschool+ Conference! This free, online event will be held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time on August 7th + 8th, 2014, featuring keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Keynote speakers will include Leslie Barson, Blake Boles, Monica Cochran, Pat Farenga, Matt Hern, Jamie McMillin, and Carlo Ricci.


    Public discussions on education have been increasingly more accepting of the variety of learning opportunities for students, and also of the potential for valuable dialogue on practices that arise from non-traditional learning environments. While the Homeschool+ Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and
    other forms of alternative education, our hope is that this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.


    The conference is based on a peer-learning model developed over the last several years which invites high levels of interaction and participation. We hope to offer a variety of perspectives on alternative learning, and encourage you to present and share your experiences, practices, and resources with each other. First-time presenters: you are not only welcome to submit proposals--you are encouraged to do so! ...
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