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Which camp do you fall into?

June 9th, 2009 at 04:48 pm

reading this blog:

Text is crazy mom and Link is
crazy mom I realized I have friends in both camps

I used to say that there were two camps within homeschooling and I did not fit into either - these were the "Granola-Crunching Tye-Dye Brigade" and the "Bible-Toting Denim Jumper Brigade". I have absolutely no problems with either of these two 'camps', other than the fact that I did not 'fit' into either of them very well.

And I don't fit well into either, though I have traits of both. (bible yes, jumper no...Granola yes, tye dye no). Though I am willing to bet most folk have some traits of both groups. Homeschooling has cliques. You would think a comon goal of educating our children outside the system would be something to relate to.

But since there are about as many reasons to homeschool as their are homeschoolers we just don't all agree.

Don't get me wrong we can in general get along fine. We just have to search around for the right type of homeschooler to hang with, or at least the right kind for the right event.

Working on the co-op is an eye opener on just how different homeschoolers can be, and just how hard it can be to get them all to agree on anything!

And sometimes when you boil education down to the common denominator, you lose something. you lose what makes homeschooling so unique, the differences of folk doing the schooling!

5 Responses to “Which camp do you fall into?”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh my god, yeah, totally. Not with homeschooling, but other practices/beliefs of mine. Proponents range from "men should dominate" bible-thumpers to pagan alternative healers, and I'm somewhere in the middle watching them try to come together over one measly shared practice. I tend to just stay away from gatherings based on one thing like that; the communication gulf is just too wide. That's why this is about the only online community I belong to--no other seems to enable people with vastly different lifestyles to coexist peacefully. Smile

  2. miz pat Says:

    My sister homeschools six kids, and she's an agnostic. But she cheerfully spends times with the bible thumpers to organize art camps and homeschool events.

    If God had blessed me with children, I would have homeschooled them just to protect them from inner city schools and drugs and rainbow parties.

    You go girl!

  3. Petunia Says:

    I have a foot in both camps. . . but find denim jumpers terribly unflattering on me.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    When we first started homeschooling, I found out about a secular group that sounded great. I found a paper brochure, as well as info online. I called to talk to one of the current organizers about coming to a large group gathering. So at least that person knew we were coming. I went to the meeting which was in a park. No one there spoke a word to me. When I introduced myself to a couple of small knots of people, they ignored me! Even the kids did not play with my kid! It was very strange. I thought we were treated as though we were spies or some sort of enemy.....Later we found another group, thank goodness.

  5. lizajane Says:

    Hmmm, so apparently there are cliques even in homeschoolers. Strange!

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