Part One: Leaving Generation Joshua
“Generation Joshua wants America to be a perpetual
city on a hill, a beacon of biblical hope to the world around us. We
seek to inspire every one of our members with faith in God and a hope of
what America can become as we equip Christian citizens and leaders to
impact our nation for Christ and for His glory.”
~ William A. Estrada, Esq., Director of Generation Joshua
The story that follows is a cautionary tale.
It is the story of a generation, overwhelmed and frightened by the
1960’s and 70’s, that wanted to create an isolated bubble in which to
raise kids untouched by the chaos and depravity of the American world.
It is the story of a generation that partied so hard that, ashamed of
its doings, wanted its progeny to not do the things it did. It is a
story of how you can so easily throw the proverbial baby out with the
bath water — or, put another way, how babies always grow up and have to
make their own decisions, no matter how hard their parents try to avoid
This story is not meant to antagonize people, though it will surely
antagonize many. It is not meant to attack anyone, but it will involve
some serious disagreements. This story is first and foremost a personal statement of my personal experience — my experience of the conservative, Christian, homeschooling subculture in which I grew up.
I didn’t just grow up in the subculture. I was one of its most
outspoken advocates and champions. I wasn’t merely a conservative,
Christian homeschooler. I was raised and groomed to be a model for its
tenets, an inspiration for my peers, and someone who trained my peers to
also be advocates and champions.
I have struggled most of my life with sorting through everything I experienced as a homeschooler.
Not the education, mind you — I can read, think, write, speak, and
debate. But as I have been increasingly dealing with major depression,
panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and all sorts of other problems, I
have been reflecting on my childhood. And I realize that the pressures
put on me by the conservative, Christian homeschooling subculture have
contributed significantly to my problems today.
Written By: R.L. Stollarcontinue to source article at homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com