What 34 Homeschoolers I Grew Up With Are Doing Now…

One really central part of our experience growing up was the network and support group of homeschoolers that we met with over the years. I’ve mentioned this formative group of friends and community in my post on age-diverse play and learning, but I haven’t written as much on this group as I could have, considering its impact on our experience.

"International Day" with the group, 1988

“International Day” with the group, 1988

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This was a group far larger than the two-family co-op arrangement that inspired my mom’s journal in the beginning. It started with about 10 families, and it grew to a network of over 40 families at any given time. It was made up of families who were homeschooling in a variety of ways, for a variety of reasons; we gathered once a week to do structured activities or take field trips, to go camping or just hang out at the beach or park. My family was part of the founding group, and we remained connected to this group for two decades, my younger sister continuing after I had moved on in my mid teens.

After the last post, in which I questioned what people pursue when given agency…  I thought it would be interesting to reflect on the older cohort of the homeschool group that I grew up with, to see what people are up to now. Since I’m not in touch with many of them now, I used my mom as a source, and I was a little surprised to see the resulting list:

Out of 34 grown homeschoolers, here’s a list of current fields of work:

Two work in computer software,

Two are engineers,

And two work in informatics and data analysis.

One is in nursing school, another in medical school,

Another is a phelbotomist (or lab tech),

And one is a physical therapist.

There is a college anthropology teacher,

An after-school program art teacher,

And a nanny.

There is a shoemaker and wood worker,

Three actors,

A photographer,

Two visual artists,

A  dancer,

Two musicians,

And one editor.

There is one lawyer,

Two restaurant managers,

One chef,

A hair stylist,

A manager of a copy & fax services,

An aid to autistic children,

A family counselor,

A Marine,

And one works as a Lego builder and in PR for Lego…

It’s a huge, huge variety. I wonder if a comparable variety would be found if you were to pick 34 adults from any given high school yearbook and check where the adults ended up.

One thing that really surprised me at the beginning of this blog project was how few stats there are on homeschooling demographics. That’s the thing, I guess, about opting out of “the system”…

Even on a personal and small scale, it was really interesting to check in with what people are up to now, where some of us have ended up – or at least where we are at the moment, and what we’re doing for now.