At It Again

The ‘highly educated’ are at it again. Ho-hum.

It is the same old song and dance from over thirty-five years ago. Talk about beating a dead horse. These ‘educated folks’ are tiresome with their old rhetoric of the ‘dangers’ of homeschooling.

It appears they are worried, that with this shut-down, more and more parents may realize they could teach their children at home, and indeed shall. I know of one family that is planning to do just that. Do you know of any?

This particular family sends their children to a pricey private school. Yet, I recently heard them say that even some of the things taught there did not line up with their viewpoints. This shut-down has brought to light to them the joys, simplicity and freedoms associated with homeschooling. This young family is excited about the free time they will have to travel and visit family.

It is not as hard as one may think. In fact, for the most part, it is fun. The biggest issue is to not fret. I should know. I started homeschooling our five children in the 1980’s when hardly anyone knew anything about it. In those early days, when we had only two children, we would not go out in public until after 3 p.m. because of the barrage of questions I would get. I was young and not fully prepared to answer all those questions.

It did not take long to find my voice in the matter. I read excellent materials on the subject, i.e. Raymond and Dorothy Moore’s books. They put into words what I felt on my heart in regards to the education of our children. They gave me courage and a guiding light on that poorly lit path.

(1) Home Grown Kids–A Practical Handbook for Teaching Your Children at Home; (2) Home-spun Schools–Teaching Children at Home-What Parents Are Doing and How They Are Doing It; and (3) Home Style Teaching–A Handbook for Parents and Teachers.

These folks knew what they were talking about. Sound reasoning may be out of style, but not relevancy. I also found other families that were on the same track as we were. Some of us, to this day, are still close friends with wonderful memories.

I had good practice in finding supporting folks. You see, dear reader, I also had most of my children at home. The most important thing I remember my lay-midwife tell me was to surround myself with positive folks that supported our decisions. Seek and ye shall find.

That is why I can say with certainty the lame excuses these ‘educated folks’ are using against homeschooling are empty, and have been soundly refuted. Behind those old arguments is an intense desire to shape and mold the minds of our children. Cookie cutter minds are far easier to teach and manage over independent thinkers.

For those of us that want to homeschool, kindly leave us alone to exercise our freedoms. For those of you that prefer government or private schools, please, stay on top of what is being taught to YOUR children. They are the hope of the future.

These books were an important help in my homeschooling days.
We volunteered at a local historic site. Our families have remained friends after all these years.
Homeschooled kids are some of the best at interacting with folks of every age.
They travel a good deal, learning about the history of all Americans.
They learn exciting skills, i.e. fishing…
Engine work. The fun of racing…
How to defend their own property (top photo), and how to defend their country.
They got used to folks taking photos of them, and answered all the questions visitors asked them.
They learned the importance of following directions well. These beautiful historic dresses earned ribbons for these girls at their county fair.
Outside makes a great classroom.
Imagination grows with free time. So do family ties.

11 thoughts on “At It Again

    • Absolutely so. Every child succeeds with loving, involved parents and teachers. I am grateful for the freedom to choose the path we want to walk on. Thank you for your comment.

  1. While I didn’t homeschool my girls if they were in school now I am sure I would. I was however aware of what they were learning. We did school of choice and even though we moved out of district I chose to keep them in a small town school where I new the teachers, administrators, school board and many families. The last time I was in the school was when my youngest graduated in 2014 and the “In God we Trust” sign was still hanging in the hallway.

    • Involvement is the key, isn’t it? Thank you for your comment. I know many folks whose children have done very well in government and private schools. I am thankful we have the freedom of choice—for now.

    • That’s funny, Diane, for I am so far from a hero. I always told folks I was a chicken, and that was why I had my children at home and homeschooled them (by 16 yrs old they were taking classes at local community college, we had private tutors and we also had a great local support group.) It was a wonderful time. I get real chapped though with these current elites calling for an abolishment of this small, yet highly successful group.

      Blue Rock Horses Frederick County, Virginia

      • Isn’t that great? Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, but neither is coffee. 😊 Looking forward to your next fun recipe, Diane.

        Blue Rock Horses Frederick County, Virginia

  2. Such a wonderful sharing Mitzy! I too believe more and more parents are going to want to homeschool after seeing the benefits for their children. I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures you shared, such precious wonderful memories, and time spent with your children! Many blessings to you!

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