the network for radical unschooling families
Most homeschoolers in my state do so for religious reasons, and maybe I fool myself thinking that my ethical reasons are somehow different from their religious ones. School is a coercive hierarchy filled with violence to the spirit and souls of little folk. I don't want my kids to learn a history that celebrates warriors and war as the highest aspiration for gendered males. And I don't want my daughters to grow in an environment that judges them based on their appearance and makes them hyper-conscious of things that don't matter.
So my personal ethics of nonviolence and mutual respect enter the picture. I wonder if there are any other parents here that struggle with the decision of how to expose their kids to ethics with which they disagree. Fine. I'll admit it. I'm a pacifist with anarcho-syndicalist highlights. It seems unfair to expose them only to my personal minority views on the world. I don't want them to grow into carbon copies of me. And I don't believe any values are genuine unless freely accepted on an individual basis.
How do you balance exposure with personal ethics? How do you encourage individualism while cultivating empathy? Gee, while I'm at it, how do you save the world from human beings? I'll be quiet now and wait for you guys to give me ALLL THE ANSWERS. :)