Calling All Homeschoolers. (Well, maybe not all…)

My last post was a link to an article about the Shift in the  Homeschooling Movement.  While I greatly enjoyed the article and agreed with much of it, I am more than a little dismayed to discover that Mr Israel Wayne is part of the movement that he says is becoming a minority. In other words, he is not welcoming the shift as I originally thought, rather, he is encouraging other like-minded Christians to not be too critical of the newcomers who do not subscribe to their conservative views.

This weekend, there will be a Conference (the kind with Capital ‘C’) where Mr Wayne will rub shoulders with RC Sproul Jr, Marshall Foster, Scott Brown and Ken Ham. Oh, and Kelly Crawford. These are BIG, BIG names in Conservative Christian Homeschooling circles. You get introduced to one, and before too long, you know the others.

Whenever I see a link to an article about Christian Living and/or Homeschooling on my Facebook feed, it only takes a little digging to find out that the author of the article is linked to one of the big names. Forget about Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Within Conservative Christian Patriarchy/Homeschooling, it’s more like Six Degrees of Kevin Swanson.

I posted this on Mr Wayne’s blog.

Dear Mr Wayne,

I think I responded too soon and too eagerly in my earlier response to you. This blogpost of yours is my first introduction to you. After looking around your blog some more, I now understand better where you are coming from.

I have a question for you.

I understand you will be speaking at a Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference this weekend.

Q: Would a Christian homeschooling family who does not subscribe to anything on your list (YECism, Complementarianism, Modesty, Family-Integrated Churches, etc) feel welcome and accepted at this conference, or would they be better served elsewhere?

Thank you for your time.

Mr Wayne’s response:

I have never spoken at that conference before, and I can’t speak for the behavior of other people, so I wouldn’t know any more than you would. I’d be glad to meet them though!

 

I find it difficult to believe that he has no more idea than I how the other speakers would treat someone who believes differently when many of those speakers are quite outspoken about what they believe.

Ken Ham, who is perhaps the most prominent Young-Earth Creationism advocate, was famously disinvited from a homeschooling conference when he made some uncharitable remarks about another speaker who did not share Mr Ham’s views on Creation.

I think my question has been answered.

Where CAN a UNfundamentalist Christian homeschooling family go for support?

At the Christian Homeschool co-op where one has to sign a Statement of Belief and where children have to attend workshops entitled “Demolishing the Devil’s Strongholds (Creation vs. Evolution)” and one has to bite back to urge to ask which side the Devil is on?

At the local Homeschool Conference which was specifically set up to adhere to “biblical principles” and only have homeschool materials that are “overtly Christian”?

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Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014, in Answers in Genesis, Bizarre, Christian Living, Education, Facebook, Faith and Culture, Fundamentalism, Home Schooling, Young Earth Creationism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Have never researched homeschooling, are secular homeschooling resources that scarce?

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  2. There are many homeschooling resources available. The VAST majority are from a US Christian worldview.

    The US curriculums tend to be very heavy on US History and Geography and very light on studying other countries (you all really just love your own country’s history/geography so much!).

    It is difficult to find homeschooling materials to teach Australian history from a non-religious perspective. (Maybe I haven’t looked hard enough.) Even Australian history from a Christian perspective is a fairly new concept within homeschooling. There is one being written – two volumes are available (for lower grades) and the author is working on a third volume for (high school).

    Math and Science: have to add a unit on Metric measurements and local currency.

    I know some just buy the local textbooks and workbooks.

    The curriculum we use is a Christian one, but it does an excellent job of teaching about different worldviews compared to other curriculums out there. They must be doing something right because they got disinvited from a homeschooling conference once because they have secular books in their curriculum that talk about evolution and the owner of has gone on record to say that he leans towards Old-Earth Creationism.

    Sorry I wrote an essay!

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