Well... after several failed attempts to use the multi-quote function - yet again- I'll just copy and paste
"This particular HS forum is the most diverse, inclusive, tolerant that I have found anywhere."
Really? I feel the complete opposite, particularly as an "unschooler".
My heart sank while reading several posts in this thread. The same can be said for "traditional homeschoolers" as is being said about "radical unschoolers". I came here to commune with people who are home educating and was attracted to the thread title since in the last couple of years things seem to have changed around here board wide. Instead of like minds discussing, I found a thread where I felt threatened and uncomfortable- not to mention unwelcome. I don't think it has much to do with the demonized unschoolers and their "rediculous" opinions or supposedly "pushy" comments and suggestions. Have any of you ever stopped to think that when someone shares their thoughts with you about a possible switch in homeschooling style, that it may be GENUINE??? We are not all idiots that let our kids just sit in front of the stupid tube all day long. We, specifically, don't even have cable. I digress, being that this thread was supposed to be about WHY the board here is so quiet, why the repeated attack on unschoolers? Do all of you truly believe that THAT is the reason why the boards have slowed so drastically? It has been happening for quite some time and there are loads of reasons. It's not because of snarky unschoolers. If you think so, then you are contributing to an identical issue.All are certainly entitled to an opinion, the reason I'm sharing mine ( while probably violating the UA in some way I'm unaware of) but using an irrelevant topic to start a group attack seems no bueno, at least to me. This makes me so sad. I've been on this board a long time and I remember the days when diversity was celebrated and all were respected, welcomed and loved. Differences were an opportunity to consider something new and sharing was encouraged. What's with all this high horse competitive mommy war garbage?? There is PLENTY to be shared between the traditional hsing and unschooling communities. We may or may not agree all the time, but why not at least have open minds to consider eachother kindly.
This, btw, is my first visit to the homeschooling/unschooling area of the board in over a year.
"I also suspect this. I am very sad about it."
"I believe that if the complaints have slowed down it is not because anyone has gotten used to it...they have given up and found other places to spend their online time."
I agree with both of these thoughts for a wide variety of reasons that I feel I can't even discuss. Things are just not quite the same these days.