Helping the Unsupported Homeschoolers
I live in a city where the education system is very exam-oriented and stressful, yet homeschooling is strongly discouraged by the government and is not supported culturally, not to mention emotionally and financially.
Most local people think homeschooling is either illegal or abnormal, many people think it is inferior to school education and deprives children's opportunities to learn. Too little people have tried to understand how homeschooling can, on the other hand, benefit our children greatly and thus can help to shape and enhance our future society. Therefore, many homeschoolers in my city experience a lot of misunderstanding and criticism from families, friends and the public.
Over the last eight years, I have homeschooled my children and been providing as much support as possible to new and existing homeschoolers. They need advice and reassurance about choice of homeschooling methods and perhaps parenting issues, as well as social and emotional support especially when they face strong criticism from their extended family and close friends, or especially when a spouse strongly disagrees to do homeschooling. There are also many moments at which the new homeschoolers need support when they feel overwhelmingly worried or frightened after meeting the discouraging government officers.
At other times, I may engage in organizing and liaison work for group activities for the homeschooling families. Since there is not yet a well-established co-op with contribution from plenty of voluntary homeschoolers, I am usually one of the initiators and organizers. I hope I can contribute more to the homeschooling community and help to communicate the benefits of homeschooling to the educators, researchers, the public and others, but I really cannot afford more time and efforts to do so at this stage.
I have chosen to homeschool my children because of my keen aspiration to respect their developmental needs, their autonomy and interests, and to nurture them with the greatest possible empathy and understanding for the sake of their own emotional health, with the hope that they will have a chance to live in a more peaceful and safe future world in which the people will embrace diversity and care for the health of our planet.
It would be very favorable if my family could be well supported by a village of people here and I could focus on my young children at this moment but the current situation inevitably drives us to become one of the pioneers to support the followers and to convey the messages to more people that we can make a difference to the worsening atmosphere in our education, if only we are willing to dedicate some efforts and resources into this aspect together and learn from examples from all over the world.
It is very heartbreaking to see that more and more children have committed suicide in my city. A teacher has recently done the same too! Although I cannot influence too many people in my city, I hope what I am doing will have a ripple effect to help protect the emotional health of more and more children (and parents!)!
These are examples about what I have volunteered to do over the last eight years:
1) organizing talks for prospective homeschoolers and people who are interested in this topic
2) answering inquiries from and providing listening ears to frustrating new and existing homeschoolers
3) organizing activities and social gatherings for the homeschooling community
4) gathering inspiring local homeschooling stories and publishing books about homeschooling
5) accepting interviews by high school and university students for their research about this topic
6) accepting interviews by media such as newspaper and radio
I hope this letter will reach the kind-hearted people who genuinely care for children's emotional health, and hope these people will consider donating to this campaign to support my support to the homeschooling families and my efforts to arouse more positive discussion.
I am terribly sorry that I cannot feel comfortable to disclose which city and country I come from (the city shown in the campaign is not where I am homeschooling), nor attach clear photos or videos to show the situations in my city. I can only pray that my pure intention to support the people who need me will be well trusted and supported by even strangers.
Please accept my sincerest gratitude for your reading my letter whether you decide to donate or not, and any amount of donation means far much more than the money itself. I am sending along my warmest blessings to all readers of this letter. And as a token of thanks to my readers, I would like to offer two tips to enhance our empathy and emotional attunement to children:
1) Read and feel the children's words from this book:
2) Check this web site:
With my deepest thanks,