Homeschoolers: Why Society Needs You, Desperately

Jammy time is fun time, whether we’re doing math problems or listening to a story from Santa. Christmas Story, art print from Steve Henderson Collections.

You wouldn’t think that people who let their kids study math, in jammies, at the dining room table, would be revolutionary giants, but you are.

Even if you’re one of those more, um, organized and slightly less relaxed families that set up a separate room, with school desks and no jammies allowed, you’re still an activist. You’re just not in people’s faces. The statements you make are quieter, more long-term ones that speak to others by your independently going about your life, making the decisions you do because they are the ones best for your family.

Now obviously, you don’t have to be a homeschooler to do this, but simply by virtue of being one of these odd, anti-social, going-against-the-norm people, you’re in the club. And in order to be a club member, this is what you do: you put your family first. That’s why you’ve likely sacrificed a second income (generally, mom’s), or cobble together one fulltime job between a husband and a wife, or if you’re single and playing both parts, work really hard, and really long hours, to make this work.

And you are rewarded, by society, by being called crazy. Or weird. Batty. Religious zealots. Uneducated. Non-conformist.

Now that last term: that’s a good one, and you want to wear it proudly.

You are the only unique you on the planet, and your quirky family is in a category all by itself. This is a good thing. Aphrodite, art print from Steve Henderson Collections.

In a nation that extols sliced, white commercial bread, because every loaf looks the same, you are the artisan loaf made from ancient whole grain flour and baked in the wood-fired brick oven. Every one of you looks slightly different, uniquely individual, yet similar in your goodness, wholesomeness, and good taste.

In the same way that healthy bodies don’t grow from a diet of sliced, white, commercial bread, healthy societies do not thrive in an environment where everyone is encouraged to think, talk, act, learn, and live in a prescribed, politically correct, imposed-from-the-top-down manner. A nation is not strong because its government is big and powerful, but because its people — and the families in which they interact — speak up, speak out, think for themselves, question convention, and go their own way when that way is best for them.

Never underestimate the inestimable value of reading. Provincial Afternoon, original oil painting by Steve Henderson, sold.

Undaunted by expert opinion saying that they are unqualified to do what they’re doing, parent teachers tackle math, foreign language, writing, science, physical education and computer literacy. Given that most parent teachers are graduates of at least high school, frequently higher education, it’s an interesting commentary that we don’t feel that they know enough to teach what they were taught themselves. Where is our collective confidence in our public education system?

You’re DIYers, and we all know that DIY is funky and cool. You have to figure out so many things for yourself: often learning first what you don’t know so that you can teach it, finding resources when this first aspect isn’t practicable. You are remarkably self-sufficient, and self-sufficiency, in any free, open society, is a positive quality.

That’s why we need you. You’re independent, self-sufficient, free. Theoretically, the United States was built upon those very concepts, and theoretically, they should be valued and sought after to this day.

 

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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