A Message for Homeschool Alumni

So you were homeschooled. So were we! We understand that homeschooled alumni had many different types of experiences. Some experiences were awesome; others, less than awesome. Homeschool alumni can come away from their education fully equipped to take on the world and engage in all sorts of occupations, projects, and dreams, but not all do. Some alumni struggle to make it by, ill prepared for independence or success. We encourage alumni to advocate on behalf of current and future homeschooled children and point alumni towards resources that can further their dreams or give them tools they may have lacked growing up.

For Homeschool Graduates with Positive Experiences

If you were homeschooled, had a positive experience, and are now out living life to the fullest and are grateful for your homeschool experience, please speak up about what made your experience good and how your parents were able to instill in you self-confidence, a love of learning, and provide you with a good education. It is important that we hear from people with negative experiences and advocate on behalf of homeschooled children who are abused or neglected, but it is also important that those graduates with good experiences share what made their experiences success stories.

We have invited homeschool alumni with positive experiences to write about the things that made their homeschooling successful. These stories can provide useful and powerful models for future homeschooling parents to be able sort the good from the bad. Contact us if you would like to share your own story.

As a graduate with a positive experience, you can also model empathy and compassion for those whose experiences were less than positive. Take up the cause of your homeschooled peers whose experiences were deficient and give space for those with bad experiences to speak up as well. You can show with your own life that homeschooling can succeed while adding nuance to the conversation and challenging the common narrative that homeschooling is inherently successful—a narrative that does both past and future homeschoolers a disservice.

If possible, advocate for basic legal oversight of homeschooling. Let people know that it is okay to be pro-oversight and pro-homeschooling at the same time. Many homeschool alumni with positive experiences have spoken out in support of legal oversight. While their experiences were good, they know that this is not always the case, and argue that basic accountability is needed.

You can add your voice to the conversation HERE.

For Homeschool Graduates with Negative Experiences

If you were homeschooled and had a negative experience, speak up—but only in your own time and when you feel safe and comfortable doing so. Reach out to one another and build communities of support. Find people who respect your boundaries and listen and can help you heal.

Organizations like Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) are creating resources for networking; consider being a part of them. HARO offers a page of resources geared toward alumni with deficient experiences, offering information on getting a GED, finding a therapist, and opening a bank account, among other things. Get connected. Find support. Read the stories posted at Homeschoolers Anonymous. Know that are not alone.

We have a number of resources for homeschooled students with educationally deficient homeschool experiences. If you’d like to learn more about how you can overcome the limits in your education, read on! You are not the only one to go through this.

Finally, some alumni with deficient homeschool experiences have come out in support of legal oversight of homeschooling, arguing that if their parents had been subject to some level of accountability their experiences would have been more positive. You can read their stories here:

If you would like to be a part of this change, share your story with us and become add your voice to our efforts to improve homeschooling for present and future homeschoolers.

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