A while back I had decided I wasn’t going to write much about homeschooling anymore. I’d much rather enjoy my years of homeschooling than to write about it, but the recent chaos about child abuse in the homeschool community has me deeply concerned. I don’t like writing about child abuse. The easy way out of the chaos is to say absolutely nothing, but that has it’s share of trouble too.
“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
If humanity had remained silent all these years, we’d be stuck in prehistoric mentality. Making our voices heard certainly can bring out the opposition, but it can also make huge changes for humanity as we propel ourselves into a better future.
It’s sad that when we MUST talk about such an important topic as child abuse, that we would get critics from within the Christian Homeschool community. They should be the FIRST to speak up when it’s happening in their own ‘back yards’. I’m not talking about smearing one another’s names through back yard gossip over the fence line while sipping your mochas with neighbors. I’m not talking about indulging in self righteous jibber jabber about how Suzie Republican Homeschooler lost her temper at the park when Sharon Democrat-Homeschooler spoke in favor of universal healthcare. I’m talking about how urgent it is that Janice Homeschooler reach out to Julie Homeschooler when she sees Julie smacking her 3 year old son in a fit of rage because he accidentally spilled his grape juice on her white culottes. I’m talking about Mr. Stevens-Homeschooler having a man to man talk with Mr. Jones-Homeschooler when he notices Mr. Jones publicly berating his wife when she refuses to smack her little girl for picking her boogers.
Some parents feel that if they speak up, they’d be intruding in a family’s private matters. So they assume they are being polite by looking the other way.
Is it polite to let a child or wife be abused?
If you don’t know how to wisely intervene, then find out how to!
Find out what your community resources are for battered women and children. Go to their group meetings and talk to the counselor in charge. Let them know you are there to gain wisdom and discover resources available so you can help your friends. Ask LOTS of questions. Become a better friend by equipping yourself with the knowledge that can help transform a family.
But for goodness sake, don’t remain silent.
If you have a blog, say something!
You may not like that some of the bloggers throwing a fit about this are atheists, but should it matter what a person’s belief system is when they’re shouting from the roof tops about child abuse? We should be on the rooftops with them!
There SHOULD be more Christian Homeschoolers blogging about abuse in the homeschool community than any other bloggers. It should be US who throw a fit about how it’s being hidden under the homeschool label. It’s not “evil propaganda” when a nonChristian speaks up about abuse. If it bothers you that much then YOU be the louder voice and start blogging about how your community plans to help families in need.