This week I was invited by Mom #1 over at Two Moms Homeschool to join the Secular Homeschoolers Ning network. It was a ton of fun over there (until I got locked out – – but that’s a whole other story). I felt completely at home and like I had found my “peeps.” You know when a thread on the discussion board is titled “Made It To The Top Level on World of Warcraft – – Aren’t you Mommies Jealous!” that you simply aren’t in Kansas anymore.
So it got me thinking. I have never put a label on myself as a homeschooler because goodness knows it is hard to pin me down. But am I a secular homeschooler? What exactly is a secular homeschooler??
I have faith. By denomination, I am an Episcopalian. I am a transplant from the Baptist denomination, because the more conservative the Baptist movement became, the more out of place I felt. But I definitely would be considered a Christian by any theological or even biblical standard.
However, I don’t homeschool for religious reasons. I’m not trying to guard my kids from any corrupting worldly influence. I’m not frustrated with the lack of prayer in schools. In fact, I have big issues with the separation of church and state, and would very much like to keep prayer out of schools. I don’t feel the need to use a Christian curriculum, although at times, throughout the years, I have done just that.
Other than having morning prayer together out of the Book of Common Prayer each morning, our faith isn’t something I feel the need to “school.” We live it. We discuss it. We disagree on it sometimes. But it is just part of who we are. We don’t have to school it, because we ARE it.
We homeschool because of specific disabilities that we can address better at home. We homeschool because we can learn what we want when we want. We homeschool because we LOVE spending time together. We homeschool simply because it works for us.
So I am a person of faith, not homeschooling for religious reasons, using a secular curriculum. Does that make me a secular homeschooler?
What do you think is the definition of a secular homeschooler? How about sharing your thoughts in the comments section. Remember, every comment on Topsy-Techie this month gets you an automatic entry into the HP Printer giveaway!!