Homeschooling and “Religious Fanatics”

Why I Home­school My Children
by Dru­cil­la Blood

Five years ago, I was sit­ting in my kitchen with a friend of mine from Alas­ka. She was moth­er of a bright 4 year old, and a beau­ti­ful 7 month old baby. I had a near­ly 2 year old boy. We were talk­ing about moth­er­hood and choic­es and some­how we stum­bled into the top­ic of edu­ca­tion. My friend men­tioned that she want­ed to home­school her children.

“You want to do WHAT?” I asked, incredulous.

“I want to home­school,” she respond­ed, evi­dent­ly accus­tomed to the kind of base increduli­ty I had exhibited.

“Why on earth would you want to do that?” I said. “I thought home­school­ing was only for reli­gious fanatics.”

She looked me in the eye, this rad­i­cal friend who I had grown to admire and respect in our thus-far brief rela­tion­ship, and said, sim­ply “I am a reli­gious fanatic.”

I said no more. It sunk in fast. In this day and age where edu­ca­tion means learn­ing to take the hard knocks of the world sit­ting down (prefer­ably behind a desk) and learn­ing to stand in line and take orders, I sup­posed I was also a reli­gious fanat­ic. I start­ed to do some research.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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