Recently I read a discussion about the difference between Homeschooling and Schooling at Home. What? You didn't know there was a difference? Neither did I. Apparently one is where you use someone elses curriculum and the other one is where you do it all on your own. I don't know anyone who does it all on their own so there must not be very many homeschoolers out there. All the rest of us just school at home. Ridiculous isn't it?
People who share the same beliefs, whether it be religion or politics or parenting, are not always going to agree with each other 100% of the time. Especially when you get down to the nitty gritty. The overall basic tenets is what brought us together, but its not what keeps us together. What keeps us together is the understanding that we do agree on the big things if not the little things. We are willing to over look the stuff that is minor, the stuff that makes us individuals. The problem arises when you don't.
Its kinda fun to get together and share a rant session, to tell each other they are just preaching to the choir. Its not so much fun when you get together and someone starts ranting about how you are wrong and they are right, even though at the end of the day you two believe basically the same thing. I don't care what kind of teaching tools you use, if you are doing it at home you are homeschooling...and thus schooling at home. There is no difference.
I remember when I had my kids in school and I had this conversation with the teacher. My kindergartner had homework. I wasn't thrilled with that. I sent them to school for 8 hours a day and she had to come home and do more school work? I told the teacher, 'If she is doing school work at home, then she is homeschooling and I should just not send her to school anymore'. We, as homeschoolers, can't split fine hairs defining what is and is not a true homeschooler. If you do that, you are fighting with the choir. Its not only argumentative and combative, it also splinters a cohesive group.
What is keeping homeschoolers together is the mutual understanding that our children are learning at home. Whether you do unit studies or unschooling or k12 or Abeka or Bob Jones. Its all still homeschooling. Be confident enough in your decisions about the type of schooling that you do so that you don't find yourself fighting with the choir.
Now, I am off to find my choir. I have some preaching to do. Better take my soapbox with me.