In a move I should have made long ago, I have taken this post off the site. If you’d like to read the original post, do a Google search or check the comments–it has been re-posted numerous times across numerous blogs. I wanted to delete the post almost immediately after posting it, but I thought that wasn’t fair–I wrote it, I should have to take the consequences. But now that it’s been spread enough I feel like I can delete this without deleting history (to be a bit melodramatic about it).
First things first: I wholeheartedly apologize to the homeschooling community for the post. It was written in a satirical, not-to-be-taken-completely-seriously voice. This intent was lost in the delivery, and instead the post came off as disrespectful, caustic, and flagrantly immature. Any good that resulted from the post–I received dozens of supportive emails–was nullified by all of the bad. The post was divisive and ugly, plain and simple. When I realized the effect it was having on homeschooling readers I was mortified. I tried to explain myself in the comments and follow-up posts, but the damage had be done (and most people only read the original, and not the comments or follow-ups).
To be very clear, once and for all: I’m sorry for this post. It was written early on in my blogging career, and it remains, by far, my most regrettable post. If I could go back in time I would never had written it.
While my heart and energy will always be with the public schools–and I dream of a world where our most dedicated and resourceful parents all send their children to public schools–I fully endorse and support a parent’s right to have educational choice, including private schooling and homeschooling. There is much we can all learn from each other–and much that I have learned from homeschooling friends new and old since this post.
I hope that you all will accept that not everybody blogs on their best day (I posted the original rant jet-lagged and with the flu after spending a day flying back from a service trip to South Africa), and that everybody deserves a second chance–especially those that admit their mistake, and humbly ask for forgiveness.