I thought we could chat about Doug Wilson today. I thought that because what I really need to do is shop and cook and wrap etc. You probably do too which is why you are sitting at the computer reading this.
As a good many of you know I often get into trouble when I give my opinion about things that are said online about homeschooling. This week several people sent me links to things Doug Wilson said on his blog about homeschooling in general and distance learning in particular. So off the cuff I will tell you my take.
1. Don't read Doug Wilson. I don't. Doug appears to get a kick out of stirring you up. If you want to teach your children about straw man arguments read Doug.
2. Homeschoolers are used to taking a lot of guff but it does hurt when it comes from within. As with all criticism, take the kernel of truth among the fallacies and use it to make improvements.
3. Distance Learning was never meant to provide everything we need for life and godliness nor was community.
4. Enough talk about community. Just live it, man. Community has become the buzzword for 'control'. On the bright side when we joined our church here in Chattanooga, we were told up front about a member who had a criminal record and we were told how the elders were safeguarding the congregation. The elders and pastors did not take the role of secretly protecting us.
Would you rather live in a real community or in The Village? This has absolutely nothing to do with whether you homeschool or not.
5. You just can't lump homeschoolers together....EVER. This is why we always get the last laugh.
6. I don't want to brag but the comments about leadership are just too funny coming from my perspective. The safest way for a mom to lead her sons is by not following some guru.
7. To be honest, I have never used Distance Learning with my children because, quite frankly, I never had the money. But I would if I could. Inspired teachers are a wonderful thing.
8. Maybe homeschoolers should stop attending NSA and maybe the Wilsons should stop being asked to speak at homeschool events. Doug has been forthright about his views on homeschooling for years. No need to be surprised that he still holds these opinions.
9. I have seen lots of great efforts to start community schools. I am not impressed yet. As I said years ago, while some of our friends' sons were being taught at the local classical school by other people's moms, my older boys were taking afternoons off to help our neighbor put up hay. Our goal is not the elite, effete aesthete, right?
10. There is a time and place for everything. If God has called you to homeschool don't worry about critics even when they are your friends. If God has led you to a local community school prosper there. If your kids are in a public school because you have no other options: trust the Lord.