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I'm a member of a Facebook group of local homeschoolers. Many of them I know, but about half of them I've never met. This woman who I don't know posted the other night how we should all join HSLDA. She said, "It is vital more than ever before for every homeschool family in our area to join Home School Legal Defense Association. Its easy and afforable (only about $10 a mth) and very beneficial not only for your family but for all homeschoolers. Once you decide to homeschool, your next decision should be to join hslda." Then a few other group members said they didn't really care for HSLDA and this lady got all bent out of shape about it. People voiced their concerns about the group, and I also chimed in about how I think their website is useful and they do some good things, I wouldn't support them financially because there are just several issues on which our family totally disagrees with their policies (such as their opposition to same-sex marriage and their advocacy for physical discipline, even spelling out how parents can spank their children with windows covered so no one will know what they are doing). She again kind of flew off the handle and got defensive. Realistically if she'd just originally said, hey check out HSLDA, maybe think about joining... I'd have kept my mouth shut (as I imagine the other few members who said they don't like HSLDA). But she was so bossy and pushy about it, I felt like, hey lady, you don't need to tell me what my "next decision should be"! IDK. I just thought the whole thing was a little funny. I am sure members of this group support HSLDA and other members don't care for them at all. I'm glad this group - where we don't even all live in the same place - is more peaceable and calm than that group. ;)
by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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by on Nov. 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Yeah I think it was just this lady's wording (oh and the fact that, within 24 hours, she'd posted a second link to HSLDA on that facebook group's page, saying everyone should check them out... seriously!? is she earning a referral fee? LOL). There are groups I disagree with in part yet choose to support or be a part of because the good outweighs the bad (and I secretly hope they'll someday change their stance on those issues where we disagree). For example, Boy Scouts of America. Even my church - I don't 100% agree with all their policies and procedures, but I still give them money and support because overall, I think it's a worthwhile thing.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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HSLDA uses  fear mongering and right out lies to increase their membership and then they refuse to represent members that don't fit their ideal example of a homeschool family







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