http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/apr/09/eclectic-02/ united recently to start an "inclusive" support group for home educators.A diverse group of mothers, who feel like square pegs in local home-school circles,
They hope "Homeschoolers of Memphis eclectic" (HOMe) grows into a secular alternative to the large, Christian-based home-school organizations...
Their diverse teaching and religious philosophies don't exactly align with those of the Christian-based groups.
Aronson and a handful of other "outside-the-box" moms created HOMe in January by merging a group based in Bartlett and another group known as Unschoolers of Memphis. The mission is to provide a support network "for all families involved in home education, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or philosophy of home-schooling."
Whether you are part of a homeschooling group or not, would you prefer a secular group so that you can exchange ideas and fellowship with other homeschoolers, regardless of their religious beliefs, or do you believe that nature of education is such that a Christian group would more suit your needs?
Many secular homeschoolers feel excluded because a majority of homeschool support groups are religious in nature. I think the most obvious reason for this is that the only thing many secular homeschoolers have in common is home education, while religious homeschoolers have home education and a church in common. Also, when you share a denominational affiliation, it is reasonable to assume that you will all speak the same philosophical 'language'. Some parents would prefer a secular group, believing that it doesn't matter what your religious beliefs, you can still meet as parents and get some valuable perspective from those who differ in their religious beliefs or philosophy of life.
Got a preference of your own? What has been your experience with support groups, whether online or real life?