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post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by sophmama
In my experience AP is rather rare among homeschoolers. A large portion of the hs population is religious but secular is increasing.
My personal experience is that most homeschoolers are alternative lifestyle types, i.e., hippies.

There has always been a small group of religious people who disapprove of public schools for one reason or another. The vast majority of homeschoolers that I have known are followers of HOLT, Summerville, Sudbury, and Waldorf, not religious people.

Then again, that is probably because I am trapped here in LALALAND, the land of fruits and nuts.
post #42 of 50
I think the official stats state that a slight majority of homeschooler do so for religious reasons (it used to be a huge majority) and that that is losing ground to those who homeschool for academic reasons.

In my corner of the world-northern Utah-95% of homeschoolers are Mormon which is hard for those who aren't but want to be involved in a homeschooling group. I believe Utah is unique in that way though-not many other places have 90% of the population being one specific religion.

Do you think that most UNschoolers are AP even if most HOMEschoolers are not?
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by Niamh
Do you think that most UNschoolers are AP even if most HOMEschoolers are not?
I think so, yes. All of the unschoolers I know personally - at least all of the ones who started when the kids wre young - did a lot of the things generally associated with attachment parenting. I think that attachment parenting gets people in a mindset of letting children develop at their own pace and trusting them to do what's right for them, and a natural extension of that is unschooling...

Dar
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by Dar
I think so, yes. All of the unschoolers I know personally - at least all of the ones who started when the kids wre young - did a lot of the things generally associated with attachment parenting. I think that attachment parenting gets people in a mindset of letting children develop at their own pace and trusting them to do what's right for them, and a natural extension of that is unschooling...
In a large group of unschoolers, which I've had the honor of witnessing and will again soon, you will find the the vast majority are AP -- they don't use that term because being attached to one another is inherent to the unschooling lifestyle. I saw kids who were soulfully intact: loved, honored, respected and listened to.
We are the minority, though... there's a great yahoo group for AP parents looking at unschooling: AlwaysUnschooled
The list was born at last year's Live and Learn Conference.

All that said, I've come to embrace the most unschooling-friendly religion: Unitarian Universalism. Being a principle-driven denomination, it matches perfectly our unschooling philosopy of principle-driven life. I was unschooling first, so it's not the reason we do, it's just what fits.

~diana
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by hahamommy
All that said, I've come to embrace the most unschooling-friendly religion: Unitarian Universalism. Being a principle-driven denomination, it matches perfectly our unschooling philosopy of principle-driven life. I was unschooling first, so it's not the reason we do, it's just what fits.
My daughter has also embraced the UU religion recently... at first I thought it was really mostly a social thing, because some of her friends were in the UU Youth Group, but lately she'd been talking more about some of the UU principles and how affect the way she's trying to live her life, so it's clearly more than just her friends.

Are you going to the conference in St. Louis? I'd love to meet you... and Rain wants to go...and it's really not far for us, only a bout 4 hours...but it would be so expensive for the hotel, and we'd also have to pay to board our two dogs... I wish it was a shorter confernece, really. But I'm still thinking.

dar
post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by applejuice
My personal experience is that most homeschoolers are alternative lifestyle types, i.e., hippies...Then again, that is probably because I am trapped here in LALALAND, the land of fruits and nuts.

See, now THAT's where I need to live! :LOL I just asked a friend, "Where have all the hippies gone?" because we were discussing how many school-at-home v unschooling families we know.

We're not religious. I was really surprised how many religious hsers we found when we first started out, but I don't get the feeling that they are a majority--it's more like there are pockets of conservative christians within the hsing community. I'm sure it varies depending on where you live though.

We've only been hsing for 5 years, but even in that short a time, I've noticed changes. At first, there seemed to be two camps: the religious hsers and those who were hsing for the freedom of it (the alternative lifestyle people.) Now though, a third group has developed--the people who would send their kids to school except that they feel academics in school ain't what they used to be and they believe they can do better. This last group seems to be all school-at-home types.

All of the unschoolers I know are ap/gentle-type parents.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Dar
Are you going to the conference in St. Louis? I'd love to meet you... and Rain wants to go...and it's really not far for us, only a bout 4 hours...but it would be so expensive for the hotel, and we'd also have to pay to board our two dogs... I wish it was a shorter conference, really. But I'm still thinking.
I just sent in my check, in the normal, diana, flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants fashion We're probably stay at the Drury Inn, but hang out at the conference hotel/pool most of the time (I've every confidence there'll be a room there when I need it ) It's too close to you to say no! And I'd love to meet you, too! It was well worth every one of the 28 hours I drove to get to Boston last year (and the 3.5 days to get home), the 9.5 this year seems like a piece of cake! Next year is Albuquerque, a favorite city of ours
For anyone else interested, the conference is October 6-9 just outside of St. Louis (we almost had mutiny after only 2.5 days together last year, hence the extended schedule this year) Here's the website: Live and Learn

~diana
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by Joan
We've only been hsing for 5 years,
ONLY FIVE YEARS! That is dedication.

Congratulations.
post #49 of 50
hahamommy:

I love your signature!
post #50 of 50
I'd say the majority here are fundemetal Christians, but luckily there are several non Christains or liberal Christains around here. I'd say most of the Pagan HS'ers I know are AP and crunchy to at least some extent. Many are either unschooling or relaxed/child led etc. Certainly not the "classroom at home" types.
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