Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Homeschoolers - Winning The Diversity Bee Too!
Yeah, they mispelled *Virginia* at a spelling bee....I get it.
Recently I appended myself and kids to an advertised *homeschooler* hike.
It's always somewhat awkward to crash a new social group - even one with a clear open invitation. One just never knows what to expect.
Again, my kids are small so I am limited to stroller-friendly paths. Most of the group took steep trails while me and the Prince (age 4.6) and Princess (age 3.0) took the 2.4 mile *leisurely* route with just one other parent and her daughter.
As much as I thought I was *crashing*, this woman totally one-upped me. She lives in Canada; is in Boston for the summer; and just found out about the hike from Google or something. Now how's that for an intrepid act of homeschooler *socialization*?
Would you do such a thing? Most of the *highly socialized* people I know won't go into a local bar by themselves. I've seen plenty of my peers wait in the car until the precise moment their jabronis show up - lest they have to be seen alone for 10 minutes at the bar!
Though she spoke only a little English, by the end of the hike I learned that she was a raging vegetarian, and a staunch *environmentalist*. Just my kind of gal!
I also met another woman, a real crunchy type, who used the term *conservative* quite a bit; let's just say, it wasn't exactly a *term of endearment*! (That was an Oscar-winning film from 1983.) Point of fact, this woman told me that *lawyers are conservative*. I only wasted a second or two trying to decipher that one!
Another mom there had their child wearing a shirt with a quote from Corinthians on it.
And still another drove a very large car with a prominent *Ron Paul for President* sticker on it.
If this group didn't represent real, ideological *diversity* then I don't know what would!
I talked to a bunch of the older kids. I asked one young man what he was studying; what he was good at. He said he didn't know what he was good at because he *was homeschooled*.
Now I knew full well that he was homeschooled - all the kids there were - and I pointed that out.
I pressed the 11 year old to list his favorite subjects. He said he didn't have subjects; that he *was homeschooled*.
"I know...", I reiterated.
He said he'd guess his favorites are math, science, and history.
"What history have you studied? Have you done any world history like the Roman Empire?"
To which I got more shrugs and sighs. This little dude was losing his patience with me.
He snapped, "I'M HOMESCHOOLED....I just read a bunch of books with random facts."
Hah! Take that C-Nut!
Now I knew what he meant, eventually anyway. Many homeschoolers reject the conventional teaching of history. They deprecate dividing history into periods of time or geography. Of course it's most certainly wrong to, right off the bat, tell students about the broader themes of eras and civilizations. They should gather their own data until the events, people, and ideas of the past coalesce in their own minds. I've even heard of some who advocate learning history by strictly reading biographies.
Have to end this post here. I just thought some of y'all would find that last anecdote humorous. Heck, it took Taylor probably 100 attempts to smack me down that good!