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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jumping In

...and over my head.

I'm not new to homeschooling in the least. I was homeschooled from 1st through 8th grade and a natural guinea pig for Sonlight. I loved my experience and went on to be a Valedictorian at my high school. Homeschooling was really effective for me and my academic success is just one of the many indicators of that.

I've also spent the past years producing the Discover & Do and MathTacular DVDs for Sonlight.

As of Thursday last week, my wife and I realized that we may suddenly be homeschooling kids in the next couple of months as well. And since I have taken it upon myself to become a major voice in the homeschooling world, I decided I needed to start reading about what others have to say about homeschooling.

I am currently subscribed to 18 blogs, and that list is growing almost every day. I also get updates from Google about what is happening on the "interwebs" surrounding homeschooling. And it is blowing me away.

There is so much vehemence on both sides. Some people are scared, others feel attacked, most people are genuinely very concerned about the children. But that's not what we often talk about. We seem to talk about the horrors of public school, the "sick monsters" who pull their children away from society and kill them, dropping test scores, fears of inadequacy, and how the government should or should not be involved.

It's mudslinging.

And it's infuriating. All too often we who are passionate about subjects tend toward heated words and discussion because we strongly believe in it. We lose sight of the real issues and get caught up in the details of trying to prove that we aren't monsters for keeping our kids at home or sending them off to school.

I'm still new to this discussion, but I guess I'm not in over my head as much as I initially felt. This isn't new. The issues are different from the others I have dealt with in the past, but we're still human and we still need to be more gracious and loving.

May this blog be a place where truth is written in love, and where the real issues and concerns are voiced and the mud is left outside on the porch.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Hi, Luke! Thanks for commenting on my blog. It sounds like you're very committed to homeschooling your three new children; what an adventure! And having been homeschooled yourself for a good portion of the time, your insights are time-honoured and useful.

I'm guessing you're going to have a time to get used to each other and figure out "where to start." Three kids at once - wow!

We began homeschooling after the public school continually locked my autistic son in the closet, so I tend toward mudslinging a little. I also recognize, however, that sometimes it can be a good option for students. My older son G attends ps.

I can't wait to see pics when you pick up your kiddos. How exciting to be an expectant father, when you don't know how long you'll be expectant!!

Luke Holzmann said...

Mrs. C, thanks for your comments!

As I read people's stories, it really bothers me: So much sin and evil in this world.

I'm excited about kids too (and three doesn't seem like such a big number... you have six <smile>). But the waiting is sometimes hard.



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