What is “Conservative” Homeschooling, continued

10 03 2009

As we continue the discussion from the last post, I noticed a draft from Feb 5 in our blog background area (where so many of my ideas go to die!) It caught my eye because I had slugged it as: What is Conservative Homeschooling? That’s what we were just trying to flesh out this morning!

So without editing to update or complete, here’s that five-week-old draft:

One year ago, before the candidates for each major party were known, Dana at Principled Discovery provoked quite a discussion by asking whether or not conservative homeschoolers were acting like, well, true conservatives. Do they put their politics where their mouths are?

Hard to say, because apparently we don’t even know what we’re talking about. 🙂

Does it lean more libertarian or theocratic, about the Christian god of holy men and mothers defining all things for all people, for every American including homosexuals, pacifists, Democrats, public schoolers and secular humanists?

Do you experience the conservative homeschooling meme as principled belief in personal freedom and limited government, fueling politics meant to secure and protect equal opportunities for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, for all kinds of Americans as autonomous individuals? Or do you see conservative homeschooling as centered on religious rules and authority trumping secular authority, politics meant to impose fundamentalist social controls that supplant individual freedom (despite “libertarian” arguments and rhetoric)? Read the rest of this entry »