By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator
Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO), HA’s parent non-profit organization, is happy to announce our first-ever comprehensive survey: the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement. This survey is open to any adult homeschool alumni (18 years old or older) raised in a Christian homeschool environment.
For the purposes of this survey, “alumni” designates everyone homeschooled for the majority of their K-12 education; in other words, for at least 7 years. The survey is open to anyone in that category, whether your experience was positive or negative and whether you are still a Christian or not. By “Christian,” we are including the broadest possible definition, including Christian-identified new religious movements.
The purpose of the survey is to investigate the life experiences of Christian homeschool alumni by collecting information that past surveys of homeschool alumni have not. We have done our very best to create fair, balanced questions without any leading or attempts to skew results. All results will be anonymous and used for informational purposes only.
If you are an adult alumni of this movement, we would greatly appreciate your involvement. We would also love for you to share the survey with your friends and former homeschool peers through word of mouth and social media. The more responses, the better!
Go to www.HomeschoolAlum.com to learn more and take the survey!
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Quick note: I took the survey and forgot to bring this up in my suggestion for improvement on the survey. “Spanking” is a nebulous term and it would be a good idea to ask a question about how spanking was practiced.In my childhood it was 1-3 swats on the bottom – never more and never left a mark, which incidentally complies with my state’s laws. As an adult I discovered that some of my friends had been slapped across the face, viciously beaten till they lost count, hit on many areas of the body, chased with “spanking implements”, and the list goes on, all under the name of spanking. I was appalled, as were my parents. It took some investigation on my part to discover why some of my friends seemed so traumatized by something that I thought was so minor. We each seemed to assume that our experience was the norm. Now I wonder what the norm is.
I agree. My dad and mom would swat my rear end once or twice with their hands. It didn’t make me scared of them. It wasn’t until I saw one of my friends have to hold on to the metal siding of his house so that his dad could hit him with a yardstick (which eventually broke from the impact) that I realized that some parents’ spanking was very different from others.
Oftentimes, my mom would use the “just wait until your dad gets home” line on me. I’d cower for hours, then when my dad would get home, he wouldn’t do anything. My nerves were my punishment.
Yep, that’s a good distinction. There is a difference between a controlled, patient mother smacking your butt and saying “No!” vs. an angry, frustrated woman with a heavy wooden paddle and a looped phone cord beating welts and bruises into your and each of your siblings’ bare butts for the second time that day.