Friday, November 21, 2008

The History of Homeschooling

The video is a preview of a documentary coming out in 2009.

H/T to Maureen Wittmann

I must admit this preview did frighten me a bit. All the warnings I heard from a homeschooling pioneering friend of mine rushed to my memory. She warned us not to flaunt the fact that we were a homeschooling family. She warned us not to take state money offered to homeschoolers for books and computers. We started homeschooling in the mid to late 90's. I thought my friend was a bit overly-protective until I reminded myself exactly what she and other homeschooling families went through to pave the way for homeschooles like us.

In fact, I found Hawaii to be homeschooling friendly. Maybe I was a bit naive but I listened to my friend regardless of my feelings. I owe it all to homeschooling families like my friend's that made homeschooling relatively easy for my family to homeschool.

I am very glad I heeded her warnings. I hope the new homeschooling families will heed the warnings too.


Evann said...

I so agree! Many new homeschoolers don't have a clue as to what roads have been paved for them. I have been homeschooling since 1996. Government handouts come with a price and it is our freedom we will pay with!

Thanks, Esther, for posting this!

EC Gefroh said...

Evann, I try to remember that. We owe a lot to those homeschooling families.