There's a dastardly virus floating around my house. I caught it Saturday night, The Butterfly caught it on Sunday. The resulting sleep deprivation has made me a little loopy and, I'm afraid, is leading me into philosophical waters in which I usually do not tread. Dana, at Principled Discovery, posted an article on Defining Homeschooling. After reading it, I started thinking about my definition of homeschooling. I think that is another post for another day. However, what I really started thinking about was what it means to be an Episcopal homeschooler. Am I an Episcopal homeschooler, or am I an Episcopalian who homeschools? Does it really matter? I think maybe it does.
Google Catholic homeschooling and you will get thousands of hits. There are books and programs and articles and stickers and t-shirts...well, you get the picture. Ditto for the Fundamentalist denominations of Christianity. The Jewish homeschoolers have sites and blogs. Muslim homeschoolers have a network. Dog-gone-it, the Pagans even have a site. The Episcopalians have Aussie Kim, Cathy (who left me a comment), and me. Oh, I'm sure there are one or two more out there (please, let there be one or two more out there!), but they're maintaining a mighty low profile. Just for kicks, I Googled Episcopal homeschooling resources. I got a link to a homeschool group that meets in an Episcopal Church. Wah-Hoo.
I think that the reason I feel like an Episcopalian who homeschools instead of an Episcopal homeschooler is that the Episcopal Church has failed to embrace homeschooling. They have failed to understand the need of homeschoolers to have that base of support. Once, The C.F.O. asked our Bishop about homeschoolers in the Episcopal Church. He got a puzzled look. Cathy said her priest was a former school teacher, and all she got was a blank stare. Aussie Kim told me that her priest was very supportive, but unfortunately, he appears to be in the minority. I just don't think that the Episcopal Church, as a whole, gets into the homeschooling gig.
I'm sure there are political and social reasons why that is so. (Is it just me, or is there a larger than average percentage of public school teachers who are Episcopalian?) Whatever the reason, I am ready for a change. It's time for the homeschooling Episcopalians of the world to stand up and be counted. No more sitting on the back pew. We're going down to the front row. Talk it up. Make waves. Get noticed. Cause trouble. Let your homeschooling voice be heard!
I want a network, darn it.