I know that it is a major faux pas to even acknowledge that there is a "typical" homeschooler. I am not suggesting that we're all alike, BUT it seems that the most vocal ones are similar in many ways. One way I must be different is that I see homeschooling as a responsibility as opposed to a right. People are freaking out that they are going to be required to register. In truth, since in my state there are no requirements I do not understand the negatives of it. Still I think that jumping through a hoop or two might be worth it. Especially if it keeps kooks from hiding their children from the world and calling it homeschooling.
It reminds me of when my brother went to the hospital as a child. He had had a bad fall (actually he had an epileptic seizure which led to the fall), and as soon as we checked him in at the emergency room they separated my Mom from both of us. Then they questioned my brother and I (to check for child abuse). At first my Mom was really mad at the accusation. Then she realized that she had nothing to hide and this policy was meant to protect children. I feel the same way about registering. I understand that some people say registering is the first step down a slippery slope. Still I think after what happened in CA with a family using homeschooling as a cover-up for child abuse I don't mind registering.
Of course you don't see me spouting this in a "typical" homeschool circle.
Hi, I stumbled upon your blog through the Thinking Homeschoolers wiki. I enjoy so many of your thoughts. Your UU post is a similar thing that is weighing on me lately.
I also live in a state that doesn't have much regulation and wouldn't mind some oversight, as long as I keep the right to homeschool. I do have my doubts as how much it would actually help weed out the true baddies though.
I hope you don't mind if I add you to my google reader? I am always on the prowl for blogs of atypical homeschoolers. :)
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