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About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

Comments

  1. Christi says:

    LOVED the Forbes article! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brenna says:

    I’m curious about the inclusion of the Forbes article, because I had the opposite reaction of Christi! I love that homeschoolers come from all walks of life, including political perspectives, so I was bothered at how this article seemed to imply a certain homogeneity. Though a Jesus follower myself, I didn’t resonate with any of the motives the author ascribed to religious homeschoolers or with the combative tone. I appreciate the work of public school teachers like my husband, acknowledge the difficult situation public schools are in, and hope the innovation homeschoolers have the freedom to lead out in can help inspire and lead the way for those for others in more institutionalized settings where there are more constraints. I don’t want to “stick it” to anyone, I want us all to move forward in our own ways.

    • Jamie Martin says:

      Completely respect any and all opinions about the Forbes piece. I like to include posts not always because I agree with them entirely, but because I think it’s good to get us all thinking.

  3. Laura says:

    I found the Forbes article highly offensive and polarizing. It certainly did not contain any of the reasons our family is considering homeschooling.

  4. Erin says:

    I’ve been debating leaving a comment since I first read the Forbes article because I was so unsure how to express how offended I was by it. Although I understand, Jamie, that you said you like to include things to get us thinking, I also feel like the things you choose to link to represent either your beliefs or those of this site. (Or, could at least state that you think it’s worth discussing some aspect of the piece up front.) My family does not homeschool for the reasons the article stated and I feel that it was narrow-minded and, like Laura said in the comment above, polarizing. I don’t believe, however, that your intent was to post something that others would find offensive, but I also feel that it’s worth speaking out against a link that made unnecessary assumptions about the homeschooling community at large. (Again, unless there is some inclusion that the post is intended to get you thinking, not as a representation of beliefs.)
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  5. Ellen says:

    I was also frustrated by the Forbes article. I don’t know who the author is, but he isn’t presenting a very appealing or nuanced perspective about homeschooling. The way he describes it, I don’t know that I like being one of his conservative, religious homeschoolers. I don’t like Fox News (though my parents do), and it had that tone to me. And this may be silly, but he misused the word “principle” when he meant “principal,” and it made me cringe (probably because the tone was already bothering me.)

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