The Fallout

Is noted on Homeschoolers For … – Because there is no such thing as "the homeschool vote"

Here it is“An informal coalition of evangelical Christians, home-schoolers and social conservative activists rewrote the rules of the Iowa caucuses”

I'm sure there are more articles about media assumptions of homeschoolers and politics.  I'm glad Homeschoolers For… looked it up.  I don't have the stomach for it today.

A question was raised on Illinois Review-Crossroads of the Conservative Community about Huckabee. 

Huckabee Wins: Bad or Good for GOP?

There has certainly been plenty of talk within the evangelical and or/conservative community about Huckabee concerns.  Here's one comment from the IR that makes sense to me:

"Huckabee's approach to every problem or perceived problem is to pass a law and launch another government program. If you like President George W. Bush, you'll love Mike Huckabee."

How did that fella do so well in Iowa?  US politics….defying logic again.
Let's google "Huckabee homeschool" again. 10 entries on the 1st page.  7 don't want Huckabee as President, seemingly no how and no way. Then there's the NY Times on the bottom link:  Huckabee Draws Support of Home-School Families – New York Times

I wrote a letter to the author of that article PAUL VITELLO a few days ago.  Here it is:

Dear Mr. Vitello,

I am an Illinois homeschooler.  I read your article [Huckabee Draws Support of Home-School Families]. In seeing this supposition again and again from reporters, I would like to provide more substantial information about Governor Huckabee and the homeschool community. 

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is not a voice for the large majority of homeschoolers.  In fact, just in reference to Illinois homeschoolers, HSLDA (Scott Somerville) stated he estimated as a conservative guess, only 5.6% of Illinois homeschoolers belong to HSLDA.  That's a very tiny minority for the HSLDA leader to proclaim this:

“Home-school families are making his campaign into one giant home-school field trip,” said Mr. Farris, who was among the first (and few) national Christian leaders to endorse Mr. Huckabee, in May. “They are making a family activity, a civics lesson out of it, if you will. Manning phone banks. Passing out literature. Talking him up in church.”

The 2003 NCES 'survey' that you noted would likely not include Illinois and several other states' homeschool community, as notification to the Education Department is not required.  It's surprising that it was even released by the government as a valid tool.

If you only google "Huckabee homeschool", you will find that many, if not most homeschoolers (at least those who publish online) are not supporting Huckabee. 

As a homeschool advocate, I wanted to provide this information to you.  Governor Huckabee, Michael Farris, and HSLDA do not speak for or represent the very diverse and autonomous homeschool community. 

Thank you for your attention to this,

Susan Ryan

No response and don't expect one from the NYT, but I felt better.

 


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