I fell asleep early with the kids. The first results were starting to come in. I woke up at 2 AM to see the latest news. I figured it would still be too close to call. I was thinking we were headed for another Bush v Gore.
Instead the call was made at around 3:00. The White House, Congress, and Supreme Court will all safely be put back in the hands of white men. America is America again.
So what does this mean for the rest of us? It’s a hard question. I don’t want to melt into a puddle of hyperbolic despair. But based on the President-elect’s words, it seems like life will become much more difficult–perhaps unsafe–for people who part of marginalized groups.
I have never been so thankful to have the privilege to homeschool. I cannot fathom what classrooms will be like tomorrow. I can only imagine how it would feel to send my kids to school knowing what can happen when xenophobes are emboldened.
So to answer the question that homeschoolers must answer every day, I homeschool in an attempt to protect my children from bigotry.
There are other reasons, of course, but that one is paramount. I think I can give them a better education than the school system. But social justice, critical thinking, and dismantling racism are still key parts of that education.
I homeschool because I teach my children history, not some sugar-coated, politicized version of it. So they won’t be surprised to learn as adults that suffragettes used white supremacy to get voting rights, or that Abraham “The Great Emancipator” Lincoln thought the slaves he “freed” should be sent to Africa.
Anyone who was surprised by 2016 doesn’t have a complete education.
And I guess that sums it up. I’m disappointed and in shock, but I know I shouldn’t be. My thoughts are probably not coherent. I’m working on this before daybreak as I listen to the sweet snores of my children. What will I teach them tomorrow?