When Your Homeschool Owns You – HIRL Episode 144

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When Cindy West reached out to us and asked to talk about something she’s seeing in the homeschool community at large, we jumped at the opportunity. And it’s this: Some homeschoolers feel they must adhere so closely to a particular homeschool philosophy that they have lost all their homeschool joy. Essentially, their homeschools are owning them.

So what’s the remedy? Tune in to “When Your Homeschool Owns You” to find out!


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  1. This was an interesting episode. I appreciate the push to individualize our family’s education and do what is best for us. However, by identifying your homeschool’s method, are you not obligated to follow that method’s philosophy? It’s kind of like saying, “I’m a vegetarian, but I like eating meat on Fridays, so that’s fine for me.” Are you truly a vegetarian then? Maybe it’s not worth the argument, but I think if people explain that they have an eclectic approach, yet mostly adhere to a certain philosophy, that would be more understandable for people. However, if someone says she is a Charlotte Mason homeschooler (for example), yet fails to follow CM’s most basic principles, can that person really be called a CM homeschooler? Thus more strict adherents of a certain philosophy may jump to correct the public view of what a certain philosophy truly is. (Just as true vegetarians might want to assert that vegetarians indeed abstain from meat!). Again, I totally agree that each family needs to decide what is good for them. We just be more exact about our labels- for without definitions, they can become whatever we want them to. Those are just some thoughts after listening. Thanks for another great episode.

    • Thanks Mollie for the comments! Great thoughts and great example of “eating habits.” I eat a certain way and that label defines me, but when it comes down to it my diet (which is by choice) doesn’t own me. As always, we just like to remind folks to be careful and prevent shifting their hope onto a technique or style as the way to “do it right.” Thanks for being a listener (and commenter)!

  2. This is so true. I think a homeschool mom’s time is far better spent studying and understanding her child than studying what an educator wrote about his/her views on the correct way to do learning.

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