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Has pulled their child out of the public school and is going to homeschool come January. They have a new baby coming soon, and their child is only 5, so they have some time. I'm very, very excited!

I was so excited that I was telling some church people about it, but they didn't seem really excited...maybe because one of those ladies is on the school board and the other is running for it...

Which makes me wonder: has homeschooling (or not homeschooling) caused any conflict in your church?


We are very blessed to go to a large church with TONS of homeschool families. We get more "dead silences" from FAMILY. They don't question that our children are "smart" and learning things, but they do question (you can guess...go ahead....) socialization. And, what will their future hold?
Amy R. :)

August 30, 2007 at 12:24 PM  

i haven't gotten the socialization stuff yet, but in our town every kid that goes to the school is an automatic $7,000 a head. So, if I never put my three kids in the public school, guess how much money the district never sees? THAT'S the heart of it.

Most people do respect our right to parent our kids as we see fit, but some are just weird about it.

When we were at Seminary, if you DIDN'T homeschool, you weren't a good Christian parent. I feel like I've gone from one extreme to the other.

August 30, 2007 at 8:46 PM  

My husband was visiting an elderly parishoner and she asked about our children. DH mentioned we homeschooled. She hmmed a bit than said, "That's just not right!" He left it at that.
We're the only family in our church that homeschools, but we only have 4 families with schoolage kids.

August 31, 2007 at 6:50 AM  

PS I sure could use that $7000/per child!!!

September 1, 2007 at 7:34 PM  

That $7,000 per child bit gets you on their bad side if you're in private school, too. We've only had one homeschool family in our church. They have 3 very, very bright and wonderful children. They DID have a little problem, not so much because they homeschooled, but because they gave the appearance of being above everyone else because of it. Their children weren't allowed to socialize with the other kids, and they never took part in any other church activities. It made the rest of us feel like our kids didn't meet their standards. I do think that was this family, and not homeschoolers in general.

September 2, 2007 at 5:23 AM  

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