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  •  There is a liberal homeschooling movement (17+ / 0-)

    Don't stereotype homeschooling.  John Holt wrote widely on the potential of home based education and others.

    •  But it's not really liberal. (0+ / 0-)

      Can't be. Liberalism is based on the common good, on "liberty and justice for all." Homeschooling is based on "every man for himself and devil take the hindmost."

      Homeschooling can be liberal in words maybe but not in action.

      •  Well yes it can. (3+ / 0-)
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        zhimbo, Be Skeptical, mayim

        Homeschooling from a liberal perspective is not anti school or government.  Its learner directed, highly collaborative, can mix formal with informal.

        I remember going to my local school district for math night.  I had taught one year at home because my son needed to be a little older before restarting back into the next grade.  During that year I had learned a lot about innovative math techniques and when I went to the parent night I think I was the only parent enthusiastic about the strategies they were introducing to the kids.  Researching the subject matter made me a better partner.  I felt like both parent and teacher, therefore bonded to both at the event.

        Another thing I think is that liberal homeschooling is really a "third space" experience.  Not really home, not really school.  It fosters independence, flexibility, the ability to pursue interests beyond the scope and sequence provided in the standard curriculum.

        •  But you have abandoned public schools (0+ / 0-)

          and left the parents and children there to fend for themselves against the juggernaut of the Conservative Movement, which has been hellbent on destroying public schools ever since Brown v. The Board of Education.

          That's inherently anti-Liberal.

          •  The liberal homeschoolers (3+ / 0-)
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            I have known haven't abandoned anyone.  They just move in and out of school to meet the needs of their kids.  Many progressive school communities have flexible attitudes about this and work with the families to incorporate different arrangements.  Teachers love having the kids in their classrooms because they are really engaged in the subject matter.  

            To be able to envision a person centered education system is inherently liberal, I think.  

            Our local school district adopted a model for quality control that was based on manufacturing.  The problem was that the children were the widgets in the model and future employers were the customers.  That's a problem for me because I think the children should be the customers who's needs should be met.

            Person centered planning is an area that comes out of social work.  In that paradigm the client decides on their goals and aspirations and the support team helps to figure out how those can be achieved.  A system centered approach in contrast suggests to the client what there is available to them and asks them to choose from their offerings.  (I discovered person centered planning at a professional workshop dealing with transitioning special needs young people from the school environment into the adult world.)

            •  They pick and choose like empowered CONSUMERS. (0+ / 0-)

              And that's the problem right there, "liberal homeschoolers" see themselves as consumers, looking out for number one, instead of citizens, who are rightly concerned with the well-being of the whole.

              Your "person-centered education" idea is a great one, but what happens to those kids whose parents don't have the resources and the leisure to make it happen?

              •  I think you have to think of this as a paradox (1+ / 0-)
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                mayim

                I found this to be true, a progressive approach to home education made me more engaged with my community, my school, our public workers, our teachers.  When you do something yourself you are no longer a consumer.  You understand what it is like to try to do this job.

                 Also as a progressive home educator the community becomes an extension of the school.  For example, we spent time with our public works department, we visited the plant where the coal fired generators were being used, we visited the police department, the fire department, the kids paged at the state house.  Each parent contributed from their field of work as well.

                We also were more diversified in our circle of friends both age, socio economic levels, backgrounds, beliefs.  We weren't consumers, we were community members seeking out every opportunity to learn from both the hands-on practitioner and the academic.  I think of it as active learning.

                One of our favorite projects each year was our author's fair.  Its like a science fair only our exhibits were on favorite authors.  One year our guest was a local Cherokee store owner who's son had won the state literary prize that year for children's lit.  He came and told us some of the tales he had told his son and explained how they tied into his son's books. Another time our family visited his store when we were trying to learn about using flint to craft arrowheads.  The shop owner took the time and demonstrated the technique for us.
                Another visit was made when we were learning about beading in art and the shop owner showed us his techniques for using porcupine quills for decorating moccasins.

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