I visited Dana's blog and she was talking about a post on Dangitbill! about his recent trip to his first homeschool convention and his encounter with the radical side of homeschool culture. Then I popped by Spunky's place to see what her take on it was.
I have been to a couple of statewide homeschool conventions. I look at the books. I talk to people I run into. But I have been to very few sessions. Many of them, especially the main speakers, come at homeschooling from a religious perspective that is at odds with our theology. Many of them see homeschooling as something that is Christian, must be done by Christians, for proper Christian reasons, and in proper Christian ways. Many of them see homeschooling as something you do to keep your kids out of the evil public schools. And they wouldn't mind keeping the non-Christians out of homeschooling, too.
In like manner, the homeschool movement must decide whether it will work to advance a specifcally Biblical vision, or take a “big tent” approach that is now comfortable and uncontroversial - and lose the covenantal vision.What they don't seem to realize is that they were never the totality of the homeschool movement and with each year they are a smaller part. I have worked hard for over ten years to help build the big homeschool tent, and in spite of false witness from some in their camp, we are seeing the big tent get more and more full.