Generation Cedar

“I want to start the conversation out by saying, one of the biggest obstacles people face about homeschooling, is that they try to transfer their picture of “school” directly to the home and imagine it should be the same thing.”


I’m a knowledge searchin’, book-readin’, life-learnin’, child-teachin’ homeschooling mom. I love it…and I have no hesitation in sharing my opinion that I think it is the best way to go for Christian parents. I have many, many reasons for believing that to be so, and I will be sharing those reasons over the next few days in the posts to come.


(BTW, if you’re wondering what homeschooling has to do with feminism, just stay tuned!)

But sometimes we homeschoolers take for granted that everyone knows all the ins and outs of homeschooling, and that’s why we can’t figure out why everybody doesn’t do it! But the truth is, a lot of people not only don’t know much about the nuts and bolts of it, they also don’t know any families who do it, and so they have no models to follow, and they have never seen the success of homeschooling. For those people, homeschooling is just one big scary, weird operation that seems light years away from anything they would ever want to do.

Just the facts


I hope in these posts not to shame those of you who do not homeschool, but just to present some practical facts and opinions about homeschooling. I hope to provide encouragement, inspiration and revelation on the topic.

I need all you fellow homeschoolers out there to join in and bring richness to these posts. We all have different insights, angles, methods, opinions, experiences and wisdom to bring to the table. So let’s share this wonderful thing we call homeschooling!

Since the intro to this post is so long, I won’t expound much here….But I do want to start the conversation out by saying, one of the biggest obstacles people face about homeschooling, is that they try to transfer their picture of “school” directly into the home and imagine it should be the same thing.

A way of life


I submit to you, from my experience and many others I know, that the word “homeschool” itself is a bit misleading, since we have preconceived ideas about “school.” I think home education might be closer, or even “life-learning.”

The main point being, that homeschooling is a way of life, not something you “do” a few hours a day. It is a completely different picture, with different elements than what we all grew up calling school. That fact alone scares people…because it’s different than what we know. We have been convinced that there is only one way to educate children…and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.


The way we “did school” growing up is not the only way to educate a person. (Years ago, many of the great intellects of the day were “homeschooled” even though that’s not what it was called.) I would go even farther to say that the institutionalized schooling method (the way we did school) is less than satisfactory, with many handicaps and limitations due to its very nature.

We are prone to think that it is the best way (or the only way), when in fact, professional educators heartily admit that trying to educate a whole classroom full of children with all different levels of skills and all different types of learning styles is near impossible. They contend that “the best form of education is private tutoring”–guess what homeschooling is?

And that’s only the academic side…a small part of real education.

With that said, let it sink in, and in this series we’ll talk about some myths that many people hold about homeschooling. It is a vast topic…and a fun one…and a controversial one…so join in!

We’ll start with that all-too familiar question: “What about socialization?

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