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Home Education as Personal Rebellion

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

I often say home education is my personal rebellion against the systems that oppressed individuals like my son for centuries.   Unschooling, in particular, is a resistance to all oppressive institutions, including those that oppress marginalized communities....

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

To stay the course in anything we do, it's always a good idea to ask ourselves why.  Why did we choose this? Why did we want to do this in the first place? When we connect with the "why," it keeps us motivated to keep going.⁣ ⁣ I challenge you to go one step further...

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized tests are inherently ableist.   This one-size-fits-all method of evaluation is highly problematic and often debated in conventional schooling (only skimming on the fact that it’s discriminatory). In the homeschool setting, they’re an abomination.⁣...

Lies Society Accepts About Education

Lies Society Accepts About Education

Homeschoolers are in a power position to break the cycle of lies society accepts about education. Parents are considered to be "good enough" to raise their children until about age 3, but then we are expected to hand our children off to a system of strangers because...

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Society’s View of the Parental Role in Education

Society’s View of the Parental Role in Education

What have you been told by society about how much of a role you should have in your child's education? What does that role look like in their eyes? There is a constant inner-battle among homeschooling parents: our knowledge and conviction about how learning works...

Bypassing Systemic Barriers in Education

Bypassing Systemic Barriers in Education

I have been reflecting on how our societal conditioning forces us to be voiceless sheep in a loud herd. ⁣ We live in a capitalist culture that values work over family, money over wellness, and busyness over rest.⁣ ⁣ Schools are obsessed with children meeting standards...

What Classrooms Miss

What Classrooms Miss

The often clichéd "my child is my teacher" phrase gets applauded but doesn't always get the recognition it truly deserves. My son hasn't only taught me about disabilities, and he hasn't merely opened my eyes to a community in which I once knew nothing. ⁣ ⁣ He has...

Society’s View of the Parental Role in Education

Society’s View of the Parental Role in Education

What have you been told by society about how much of a role you should have in your child's education? What does that role look like in their eyes? There is a constant inner-battle among homeschooling parents: our knowledge and conviction about how learning works...

Bypassing Systemic Barriers in Education

Bypassing Systemic Barriers in Education

I have been reflecting on how our societal conditioning forces us to be voiceless sheep in a loud herd. ⁣ We live in a capitalist culture that values work over family, money over wellness, and busyness over rest.⁣ ⁣ Schools are obsessed with children meeting standards...

What Classrooms Miss

What Classrooms Miss

The often clichéd "my child is my teacher" phrase gets applauded but doesn't always get the recognition it truly deserves. My son hasn't only taught me about disabilities, and he hasn't merely opened my eyes to a community in which I once knew nothing. ⁣ ⁣ He has...