Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Tea Party Question

I saw this article, Will Tea Partyers Homeschool Their Kids?, and it got me wondering.

How many homeschoolers are involved in the tea party movement and are homeschoolers more likely to support the tea party idea?

Take a minute and answer the poll.

If you have at anytime homeschooled your children, pick the homeschool option.

If you have used a combination of public and private school, choose the private school option.








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8 comments:

Sebastian said...

I think that homeschoolers "tend" to have less unquestioning acceptance of the status quo, whether that is the political situation or vacinations or media consumption or taste in food, music and clothing. Being iconoclasts in one area probably contributes to our asking questions in others.

So while there might be homeschooling tea partiers, there were also homeschooling war in Iraq protesters and probably homeschoolers who are furiously communicating with their congressional reps on health care reform (both pro and con).

Paula said...

To do this poll more accurately, it should be placed on a site read by a broad range of tea-party supporters. This blog is probably read mostly by people who have an interest in homeschooling...

Eric H said...

Actually, based on Janine's question:

"How many homeschoolers are involved in the tea party movement and are homeschoolers more likely to support the tea party idea?"

you would want to ask homeschoolers.

I get your point though. I do enjoy challenging tea party "supporters" (especially bandwagon jumping Republicans)with why they never considered the "public option" of education as a socialistic program.

Janine Cate said...

I really struggled with how to phrase the questions and set up the survey to make it as useful as possible.

By all means, I would like non-homeschoolers to respond, so pass it along to non-homeschool venues.

I agree with Sebastion that homeschoolers tend to be more likely to question the status quo.

Like Eric mentioned, I would like to hear what tea party supporters think about public education as it is now managed.

Michelle said...

I do agree that homeschoolers tend to question the status quo more, but I think that's why they homeschool rather than homeschooling being why they question the status quo.

Don't be too hard on Tea Partiers who haven't understood or questioned things like social security and public schools though. These things are so ingrained into our society by this time that I'm more apt to be grateful that people are finally realizing what we homeschoolers have known for years--the whole system is corrupt and broken. It's really more difficult to break free from mental chains than physical ones, mostly because you don't even know they are there. Be patient, people are waking up, but it takes time. I remember vividly when I realized the depth of the problems and corruption in America. It almost was a physical sensation, a real awakening and in time it became liberating, but at first it was nothing but shocking, mentally shocking.

Janine Cate said...

>It's really more difficult to break free from mental chains than physical ones, mostly because you don't even know they are there.

I agree. I am often shocked when I bump into "the government needs to provide for my children's education" attitude from otherwise self-sufficient people.

Crimson Wife said...

I didn't see an option for where I stand on the whole "tea party" movement. I'm sympathetic to many of the concerns raised by the "tea party" folks but am not a big fan of protests in general. I'm also troubled by the partisanship that some of the "tea party" folks display. I'm not a Republican and don't hate Pres. Obama personally. I strongly disagree with his politics in many ways, but he strikes me as a decent guy personally. If he were just my law school professor neighbor, I could see us being friends, KWIM?

You need to have a "mixed feelings about 'tea party' movement and homeschool" option, LOL!

Jenny said...

I guess I'm a minority, but I am a homeschooler and do support the tea party movement.

I understand that it doesn't discuss public school, etc. However, I support the fact that people are finally waking up and questioning the socialist government we currently have.

Also, I don't really think of these as protests. The ones I have seen have been very friendly. When I think of a protest I think of loud, obnoxious that oftentimes break into violence.