The Grubgulp Letters – #5 The Homeschool Group

My Dear Toadwaft,

So, your Charge attended the Homeschool Convention, since we last corresponded.  And what a success it was! I heard from a reliable source that the Other Side were working hard to make sure that different speakers be allowed to present talks, but in the end Our Side prevailed.

ResoundingGong and ClangingCymbal made such a ruckus to their Charges that it practically drowned out suggestions from the Other Side.  Ah, it was music to my ears!  All they had to do was to persuade their Charges that allowing Different Viewpoints to be represented at the Convention would cause an uproar in the homeschooling community, and who needs that?  Better to be safe and just allow the same like-minded people as before.

You say that while at the Convention, your Charge met other homeschoolers and she was invited by several people to join their homeschool group.  I hope you have done your homework, Toadwaft!  Not every group is the same.  Some groups welcome just about anyone, while others have Rules, Regulations, and even – wait for it – a Statement of Faith!  It is this latter group that you want.  Once again, this is when our Enemy can be our Friend.

As your Charge tries to decide which group to join, you will want your Charge to remember the children of the latter group.  How modestly they were dressed. Their bright eyes.  Their clear skin and soft, wavy hair.  How polite and respectful they were to just about everyone.  All these are desirable qualities, of course, but Your Charge must be led to believe that these children are this way because of the curriculum they use and the homeschool group they are part of.  Remember to draw your Charge’s attention to the external qualities  as much as the general disposition of these children.

Persuade your Charge to desire these things for her children, too, and that the only way she can achieve those results is if she and her precious children join a group like that.  She must feel that she needs the support and encouragement that the group will provide, and that she can’t get it anywhere else.  Or, that she can, but why settle for anything less than The Best?

I hope you got all that, Toadwaft.

Looking forward to your next report,
Grubgulp

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The above letter is a work of fiction. Any similarities to The Screwtape Letters may be intentional.  My apologies to C.S. Lewis.  For more letters, click on the Grubgulp Letters category.

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Posted on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011, in Fiction, Grubgulp Letters, Home Schooling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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