I have a dear homeschooling friend who is leaving Minnesota mostly because his family has felt so ostracized being a secular homeschooler in SW Minnesota.
I have a homeschool friend who signed a statement of faith that didn’t match her beliefs (left leaning Catholic) in order to finally get some HS opportunities for her kids in the Twin Cities.
I have a homeschool friend who’s “in the closet” in her local group because she’s pretty sure she’ll be shunned if they know she’s not religious.
Lately, I’ve been hearing from so many HS friends that they feel so alone because of being secular here. It’s something that’s weighed on me too, ever since we started this homeschooling journey here all those years ago. I have plenty of depressing stories of my own.
So tonight I made an email group for secular HSers in MN and surrounding states. I am hoping to coordinate actual get-togethers periodically throughout the state, since it’s wonderful to find support online but every so often it’s even better to get to sit on a park bench with fabulous people who accept and like you and watch a whole herd of happy children playing together. 🙂 If you’re not in MN you can join too (I don’t like exclusion!) but then you have to promise to try to come visit us once!
If you know anybody who’d like our group, please pass it on!