Pioneers Again

The Country Fair has been revitalized. And somehow, I managed to squeeze in three posts! Two from this blog, and one from LWoS.

The topic is diversity. Our country is about as divided as it’s ever been; religiously, politically and culturally. We saw this same division in the homeschooling community long before it became apparent on the national scale.

Homeschoolers are pioneers in many ways. We are willing to try things nobody else is. We are willing to stand up and say “this isn’t working” while the rest of the educational world keeps trying to rehash the same procedures and processes hoping for different results. But we were also the ones who first tried on the religious and political division, voluntarily creating our own “sides” within our small population. Like-minds sticking together with like-minds.

This carnival of diversity is the perfect example of how we can take steps to reverse that, and be pioneers in bringing the many sides together in one place. By saying “this isn’t working” and doing the footwork necessary to weaken the divisions aren’t good for any of us. Can we be the pioneers in coming together and celebrating the many facets of our country, and learn from each other’s vast differences with grace? I think we can. If anyone can make change, it’s homeschoolers.

So, visit the 7th Country Fair. Read stuff by people other than me. (If you’re reading this, you’ve already seen the stuff I’ve posted there.) And let’s enjoy the diversity of our community – because without diversity, we’re not really free.

Enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Pioneers Again”

  1. debd Says:

    Hello – I found you through Tag Surfing..

    you said:
    Homeschoolers are pioneers in many ways. We are willing to try things nobody else is. We are willing to stand up and say “this isn’t working” while the rest of the educational world keeps trying to rehash the same procedures and processes hoping for different results.

    Amen – as a group we are willing to think outside the box more than most.

    You also said:
    “But we were also the ones who first tried on the religious and political division, voluntarily creating our own “sides” within our small population. Like-minds sticking together with like-minds.”

    I was thinking as I read that: it is not dissimilar to Cliques in school…. AAKK?? Have we embraced one of the things we are trying to avoid by homeschooling? I also find that the blogging world is much more diverse. I have trouble making friends in the hsing community because we don’t quite fit into any of those cliques. Online however, I have cyber friends from across the board.

    Thanks for the link – I’ll check out the country Fair next.

  2. Anna Says:

    How do you find out what the upcoming topic is so that you can make submissions?

  3. Doc Says:

    The next topic will be posted sometime very soon – The Country Fair has an RSS feed so feel free to subscribe – that way, you’ll never miss submission info, of the fair itself.

  4. tobeme Says:

    Tammy,
    I agree diversity is key to our growth!
    Isolationism is always a failed process. We must be willing to stretch beyond the defined norm and embrace diversity.

  5. Anna Says:

    Isolation will fail as a nation, as a family and as an attitude. Even when we cannot embrace diversity, we can at least not show aversion to it.


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