Yesterday morning wasn’t the best time to carry on an online conversation. Wendy and I were both up late on Friday carrying on large family life: Wendy spent the day taking the teenagers to their first debate tournament while I played Mr. Mom with the little ones — both of us working late into the evening. Needless to say, we were both groggy in the morning.
Last week I published a somewhat controversial homeschool article on my blog (see “Those Homsechool Apostates” on ChrisJeub.com). It was a response to an American Prospect piece which attempted to show a dark underlying world of homeschooling. The original article — written by Kathryn Joyce, an author whom Wendy and I have crossed paths with before — appeared to be going after homeschooling. My article was an attempt to rebut hers, and judging by the web statistics, it made a decent counter-splash.
Kathryn’s article captured my criticism on two fronts. On one side, I didn’t appreciate the anecdotal stories the article attempted to show as proof that homeschooling should be called into question, perhaps even more strictly regulated. But on the other side, the leaders of these stories — the “homeschool apostates” — were primarily debate alumni, some of them I count as friends. These two worlds — homeschooling and debate — the Jeubs are about as deep as they can get.
Which leads to Saturday morning. A Twitter feed conversation revs up with someone who has written extensively against much of what JeubFamily.com is about. If you’re subscribed to JeubFamily.com, you’re likely NOT subscribed to Becomingworldly.com. The two worlds couldn’t be more ideologically apart.
At least that’s what it appears. Its founder, Heather Doney, is an incredibly thoughtful and prolific writer. Her writing challenges many of the same issues that Wendy and I have been challenging for years, primarily legalism. Issues like homeschooling, patriarchy and fundamentalism get mixed into our circles and are intriguing discussion points to both our audiences.
Needless to say, Heather and I spent about two hours Tweeting back and forth some fairly intense topics. Heather pulled the discussion into a Storify format, which I embedded below. Read through the discussion below. I believe some significant issues should be addressed, issues that have rocked the homeschool/quiverfull movements lately.
You may not understand how Twitter or Storify works. Twitter is a social network that allows posts of only 144 characters, so comments are short and abbreviated snippets of larger ideas and thoughts. Storify, another social media tool, pulls these snippets together in a story format, allowing people like you to read a Twitter conversation as it unfolded on Saturday morning.
To tell you the truth, I’m pleased where this story is going. Trained debaters are unearthing some significant issues that are worth discussion. After you have a chance to read this Storify feed, I’d appreciate your thoughts in the comment section below.