Culture, Politics

Don’t Let Matriarchy Take Over the Homeschool Movement

So I say this because I want you all to understand that this post isn’t intended as a criticism of homeschooling, per se. Rather, it’s a criticism of a trend that I’ve been seeing in homeschooling circles for a few years now. What I’m talking about is the tendency of a “Christianised” or “conservativised” type of longhouse mentality to infiltrate homeschooling institutions…

In both cases, I would attribute the failures in these groups to the fact that they have and have always had female leadership. Like it or not, there seem to be two general types of women – those who run the longhouse and those who get bullied by those who run the longhouse. And when you have an organisation – even an explicitly conservative Christian one – that has female leadership, eventually the longhouse type are going to worm their way into positions of leadership and take the organisation down the same bureaucratic, over-regulated, safety-and-niceness road that the secular world has largely taken. You’ll get a group where the leadership treats everyone – parents and kids alike – as if they’re toddlers.

Thankfully, the overall umbrella organisation that represents homeschooling in our county has not had this happen to it. The reason for that is because it has male leadership governing it. Therein lies the key. Like it or not, men and women are different. They have different strengths and weaknesses which God “built into” us at creation. One of the strengths of men – which women largely do not share – is the capacity for decisive leadership, for leadership that isn’t driven by emotion or sentimentalism. These longhouse women running these ancillary homeschool groups did what they did precisely because they confused “leadership” with “making a plethora of unneeded rules.” They mistake henpeckery for genuine authority.

This is why it is so vitally important for men to be involved at the local level in the homeschooling apparatus that is available. Sorry ladies, but these groups really do need to be guided by masculine leadership. Decisions cannot be make as a result of emotion or personal pique. Having seen what happens when you don’t have masculine leadership, I am more convinced of this than ever. So if it’s a matter of time constraints, then groups need to make time for men who work all day to still be able to participate – have meetings in the evening, streamline meeting agendas, whatever needs to be done, do it. And homeschool dads need to be willing to step up to the plate and get involved instead of just assuming that a child’s education is “women’s work.” Dads – get involved, or you’ll lose you homeschool resources to the longhouse. Read more…

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