Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee have been in the news quite a bit,
pandering appealing to homeschoolers. Now, I am not uniformly against either candidate. They do have some interesting perspectives. However, one thing I know for sure, they are not “the homeschoolers’ candidate”. There is no such thing. Period.
Homeschoolers are not a unified front politically. We don’t even agree even on fundamental educational ideas.
Doc is for Hillary. She made a button. She encourages everyone to make their own button. Show the world that homeschoolers aren’t all the same.
That’s an important lesson for anyone new to homeschooling – even if it our local groups indicate otherwise, we are not homogeneous. We are an incredibly diverse group of people. I was surprised in the beginning. And sometimes I’m still surprised by the variety in opinions, perspectives and practices of our nation’s and world’s homeschoolers.
So, it’s not at all surprising to me that not every homeschooler is in support of Paul and Huckabee. In fact, I would be disappointed if we all agreed on one candidate, simply because he allegedly is taking the homeschoolers’ side. There’s a lot to think about. A lot more than whether or not the presidential candidate wants to give me and 1% of other Americans a tax cut, or even recognition. There’s a lot more to what a president does. Homeschoolers, with such a diverse range of perspectives on money, government, social security, the war, oil, the budget, health insurance, and many other political topics, shouldn’t be agreeing with one another. It means we aren’t thinking if we all agree.
And that’s one thing I can say for sure – we’re thinkers. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t have made the decision to go against the grain and homeschool in the first place.
Update: Here’s a list of other blogs on the same topic.