As a kid, my mother told me stories about homeschooling rights. She read me the court reports put out by HSLDA – the Homeschool Legel Defense Association. She told me about how HSLDA and the homeschoolers before us had made homeschooling “legal” for us. She had us write our state legislation when laws infringed upon our homeschool rights. She said we were protecing homeschooling in the future.
She said we were giving back to the homeschool world like they gave to us.
I thought HSLDA cared about us.
Libby Anne has already hashed out why HSLDA never, in fact, really cared about us. It was never about kids. It was never about their rights to an education. It was never about protecting us.
When Libby Anne posted the article about HSLDA calling a child abuser a hero, my insides twisted to insanity. I wanted HSLDA to come back and say, “Oh, we were wrong. We just misunderstood.” I wanted to hear that they cared. But they didn’t.
Then Joshua Powell told his story of educational neglect. HSLDA basically came and said, “well, it’s better than public school.” Really? That’s how we show love to those we care about?
Now R.L. Stollar, coordinator for Homeschoolers Anonymous, has written a steller report on how HSLDA and American Homeschoolers funded child abuse in Germany. The article is a MUST MUST MUST read.
If you are like me, my gut creation was to cuss.
I’ve reacted emotionally to a lot of this the last few months. Basically it all comes down to this: I grew up trusting the homeschool community with my life. I thought the homeschool leaders were our guardian angels, and that we together were creating something better for the future. And even though I no longer think homeschoolers are perfect, I still want to believe that everyone had our best interest in mind, and I still want to believe, despite how crazy the rules get, that at least the homeschool leaders have good intentions for the kids. I want to believe that yes, we were naive, but we were innocently naive.
But heck no.
Just read the post. Even if you’re not a homeschooler, and don’t normally read Homeschoolers Anonymous, it’s worth the read.