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The Diversity of Home-Schoolers

Monday, December 24, 2007

Regarding the Dec. 17 front-page story "Home-School Ties Aided Huckabee's Iowa Rise; Early Backers Rallied Conservative Network":

The power of people coming together in community and working for change is a foundational source of hope in our diverse and vibrant country.

I must point out, however, that home-schoolers do not form a homogenous group and that we come in every political and religious stripe. Your article is most interesting for its notice of how overlapping interests produce close networks of people who can effect big change.

It would be a refreshing turn, though, to learn more in your pages about the diversity of positions we home-schoolers take, as many of us work to remove partisan political agendas from our conversations about educating children. Because we are accustomed to stepping outside the norm, dissent feels familiar, and we express it in multiple arenas -- certainly not only in the limited world of Mike Huckabee's conservative presidential campaign.

LAURA RANDERS-PEHRSON

Reston

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