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Atheist Homeschooling

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atheist in a religious area

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Who is homeschooling?

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Secular Curriculum

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Comment by Rudy V Kiist on January 11, 2011 at 5:12pm

Don't you get funding in the states, June? Here in Alberta, Canada we get just over $700 per child in reimbursement on any school related expenses. Doesn't matter if you do "unschooling" or the credit route.

 

Anyway, we did both our boys from day one as well. They're both basically finished...our 18 year old is just doing some upgrading since he's still eligible for the aforementioned funding  (as well as working part-time) and our 19 year old got on with a small drafting firm, taking the required education as he works and is loving it!   

Comment by o on January 11, 2011 at 11:23am
Hi Karen!  More atheist homeschoolers here in AZ. :)  We've been at it for 12 years...my oldest is 18 and I'm presently unschooling my dd10 and ds8.
Comment by K on January 11, 2011 at 10:07am

Yeah, there's a nice group of homeschoolers here, and of course we are all atheist. :-)

I'm Kate; we've been homeschooling in Georgia for nearly 2 decades.  The older two are grown and moved out, just have the youngest to finish off.  He's 13.

Comment by Dawn K on January 11, 2011 at 7:34am

Hi Karen! I'm an atheist homeschooler :) We've been homeschooling since Sept. and I'm with you, I just love it!

 

My son would flip over your avatar. He's obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes at the moment.

Comment by Karen Loethen on January 11, 2011 at 1:13am

Sending you all warm GREETINGS from a St. Louis homeschooler.

I have two children that I homeschool.

It's PRETTY Christian here, but I have found a wonderful group of secular homeschoolers that have made our lives fun!

Are there any other atheist homeschoolers on this board???

We have been homeschooling for about eight years and we love it!

 

Comment by K on September 19, 2010 at 12:42pm
Keep looking! I found a secular gem or two hidden amongst a plethora of "christian" homeschooling groups. I "quote" that word because, IMO, they embodied all that is a negative association, and spent little more than lip service on the positive precepts of their faith.
For instance, ostracizing those who didn't get up at 6 am to pray before school-at home, one boy telling other children they were going to burn in hell for not being of his flavor of xianity.

I kept searching..secular homeschool, non christian homeschool, all inclusive homeschool...and every other variation thereof. I finally found a quasipagan group...they are VERY openminded and tolerant. They ask only that you be the same. They believe, as a group, that everyone should be kind to everyone else, that judging others is wrong, and the earth is our home and should be better taken care of.
That was a "statement of faith" I could get behind!


All that being said, I don't think it's a bad thing that your kids have chosen to try public school; they are choosing for themselves, rather than being forced or coerced. And it may very well be a good fit for them. It wasn't for me, but I recognize that many intelligent, outgoing well adjusted people can and do come out of conventional school. I would just let my son come home if he asked...if he wants to try it.

We are AP unschooling parents...and there are times it is harder than just a authoritarian, tightly scheduled life. Hard for me because I was raised in a military family with that sort of environment...I often have to bite my tongue when I hear myself channeling my mother! As the years have gone by, it's gotten much easier, and, if timetravel were an option, I would not go back and change the AP unschooling, except to start it earlier, and embrace it more fully in the beginning. My relationship with my children is good...AP or RU don't mean, (IMO) that there are no rules, only that rules are much less important than the principles behind them, and the people they touch. We try to always opt for kindness and openminded-ness, rather than laying down the law or forcing compliance.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on September 19, 2010 at 11:34am
I totally agree. Public school kill a child love of learning. It is difficult to find a secular homeschooling group. I almost joined a homeschooling group that claimed to be secular, but it met in a church and had many activities which revolved around the church. I might have been semi okay with a normal church, but this was penecostal. *rolleyes* Yuck!
Comment by o on September 19, 2010 at 11:32am
I haven't read Harris' book which you say will rock the "assumptions" of Unschoolers and AP types. But as a parent who raised two of her three kids via AP methods, who has homeschooled for over 12 years and Radically Unschooled for over 5...I think I can safely say that anything the author has to say about those subjects probably does not come from any data she gathered from direct experience of them or the experience of children raised in such ways. So there is no hornets nest here for you to stir. :)

Socialization is definitely one of those hot-button issues in the homeschooling community. It is strongly influenced by the child's personality, the opportunities they have and how their experiences are overseen. Even the most outgoing and friendly girls can have things squashed and damaged by over-protective and over-bearing fundie parents (for example).

I had very friendly, socially well-adjusted parents and I was a shy, fearful child that suffered years of severe peer abuse. I just barely know how to interact with people today. I avoid it and it is painful for me to be around people. My ds17 was always homeschooled and has low social functioning despite having overwhelmingly positive peer experiences. My always unschooled dd10 however has dozens of friends and is well liked (I didn't think we could justify a phone with unlimited texting but she has proven us wrong) and my ds7 is very much like I was without the cruel peer interaction to stunt him. He warms up to people slowly but gets there.

It sounds like you are implying that the foundational goals of AP and Unschooling (at least Radical Unschooling), which are to make the relationship with your children priority one, are pointless? If so, my experience proves otherwise. My kids don't see me as an arbitrary authority...they see me as a partner.
Comment by Dawn K on January 19, 2010 at 11:33am
I don't want to spam, but I though there might be some interest in an article I posted over at PLH. Some nice book resources for teaching kids about Haiti.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/parentinglittleheathens/forum/top...
Comment by Happy Happy, Joy joy on January 7, 2010 at 1:59pm
Did you guys know thatv posts to this site come up if somebody googles your name? I don't like that.
 

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