What unique strengths do homeschool graduates take into their adult lives? Find out on today’s edition of Home School Heartbeat, with HSLDA President Mike Smith.
This week, I’m talking with Camden Spiller, the founder of Homeschool Alumni. Camden, how are homeschool graduates making the transition out of home education and into post-high school life?
That’s a question that everyone’s asking. How are we doing in life after high school? Here’s what I see: in short, we’re doing fine. By any standard, we’re doing just as good, if not better, than the public school kids. We’re landing great jobs; we’re becoming involved in all spheres of ministry, business, politics, and academia. But I think we bring a unique perspective to these spheres, and I think we’ve only begun to tap that potential. In regards to education, we’ve been raised with the radical vision of a departure from the institutional life paradigm. But just like we’ve shifted our thinking about education, I think our greatest strength may be in our potential to shift our thinking about the way we approach our involvement in these other spheres—in the business world and politics and ministry, in our family relationships, and in our communities. I’m not really talking about reinventing the wheel, but I am talking about retaining the tendency to think outside the system and to prioritize our core values in each of these spheres. Homeschooling is a different kind of education, and it prepares us for a different kind of life—or, at least, it has potential to do so. Of course, being homeschoolers does not make us a different kind of people, but we do have some unique opportunities and challenges. Discussing those unique opportunities and challenges and connecting with others who share them is a great part of our mission here at Homeschool Alumni.
Well, thank you, Camden. And thank you, listeners, for joining us. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.