In my state, the hsers of a certain kind are very powerful politically, and are helping to drive policy that affects the healthcare, education, and wellbeing of every child, not just hsers. They also actively encourage persecution and shunning of Hs'ed children who do not fit the mold, or whose families don't. We are also plagued by an ever growing reputation for outright educational neglect of many, many children, in the perception and experience of both public school teachers and administration AND the judicial system!
I don't tell anybody new to our lives that we homeschool. And I am beginning to work toward getting our state regulations changed from zero accountability to something more effective, that will not permit families to pull their kids from school with no plan and no skills, or to entirely neglect their daughters' educations for reasons of religious control.
Mine is not the only state in this fix. Those of us who have seen too much, been shunned and excluded, and are trying to protect our Hs'ed kids from the stigma of being assumed to be ignorant, religious bigots, are having serious problems gathering our warm fuzzies for hs'ing.
Which is a serious problem, because our public schools aren't very good, either...its just a grim time, Sadie.
Edited by Tibbie Dunbar, 21 October 2017 - 06:28 PM.