Non-Conformist Homeschoolers

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We live in a world that pulls us toward conformity. That’s why I wore go-go boots to junior high and why I embroidered my friends’ names on this pair of baby pink jeans when I was in high school.

Pink Jeans, 1974
Pink Jeans, 1971

Notice the navy blue pleats near the ankles? These jeans had straight legs in a bell bottom world so I just had to add pleats to make these bell bottoms, too!

Think back to your own junior high and high school days. What did you wear to conform? Do your parents have any pictures that make you cringe?

People like for others to conform because it makes them feel better. The thinking goes something like this: “If you are just like me, then I must be okay. If you are different, that makes me think about what I’m doing. Hey! If you do something different from what I do, then you must be judging me. How dare you!”

You decided to homeschool in spite of what other people thought. You dared to be a non-conformist. Now that you’ve become a non-conformist, please don’t be tempted to conform to other homeschoolers. Their ideas might work for your child, but they might not.

I know I used this verse last Friday, but that time I used it because of what you are doing to transform. This Friday we can think about what it says about conforming.

And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

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  1. If we we’ve done anything, we have raised non-conformists! My husband and I fit pretty well into that category too. Every once in a while, I have to work with the kids (and myself!) on conforming at least a little bit. 😉 But the point is well taken. Even when I was in school I wasn’t much of a conformist.

  2. Very good!!!! We were conforming in highschool and didn’t even really understand what that meant. Now, I don’t want to conform to anything except Jesus Christ.

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