Interview with Kristin Madden, Part 3

Adrienne: As you know, I contacted you after finding and reading your book Pagan Homeschooling. There is so much attention focused on conservative Protestant homeschoolers, but there are sizable groups of homeschoolers of any number of faiths – and there are probably more Pagan homeschoolers out there than many would guess. What kind of role has faith played in your homeschooling experience?

Kristin: It is true that there are a lot of Pagan homeschoolers that stay largely “in the closet.” Their numbers are very much under-reported.

Our faith is a part of everything we do. Like people of other faiths, our spirituality informs our experience of life in every way. Unlike many of the conservative Christian homeschoolers though, we do not make dogma a central facet of education. However, discussions of spirituality and religion naturally flow from most academic subjects.

History leads to comparative religion, myths, and the development of religious belief. Math has led to the Mayan calendar, the origins of the calendar, and sacred geometry. Science leads to just about everything from astrology and healing to magic and meditation. I could go on but you get the point.

On the flip side, learning about spirituality and religion have led us to incorporate certain “academic” subjects so the two are really very intertwined but in an organic sort of way as opposed to being a structured curriculum.

I must say that having some control over what our son is exposed to has made for a more comfortable and healthier experience for all of us. He has been able to learn about intolerance and differing beliefs (both religious and political) gradually, in age appropriate ways within a safe space. We are able to discuss these situations without worrying about threats to his physical or emotional well being.

And through the Peace Kids group that my best friend and I have led for a couple of years now, our children are able to interact with others of both similar and differing beliefs, learning about tolerance, conflict resolution, and peace activism along the way.

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