A New Ride

Anyone involved In homeschooling is heading the right direction from the Big Education wreck. Hopefully, the larger learning landscape will similarly come to a decisive point where it will have changed greatly for the better. But in the mean-time, one tool for change that we have in our arsenal is unified effort.

Though there are numerous groups which work toward justice for homeschooling families, etc. that could fit this type of thinking, the most common form we see is cooperatives. So these are existing entities which could be engaged for change. So the question is what to do with co-ops to help them work toward a greater overall cooperative and learning effort?

The obvious first step is that, if you are not currently participating in one, to get started. On the chance that you live in the right area, there might be numerous groups to choose from. There are probably few areas without co-ops, but you might be in the opportune situation to start one which can be structured to fit your approach. Or, most likely, you might be limited to a group that works. Here, finding and working with other members in the group with a similar understanding can be a natural help, but then there is the question of what can be done formally.

Regardless of your relative accessibility of a co-op, there are certain universals that will tend to be true. Co-ops in general have positive points, and some co-ops already have good learning directions, but they can also have limitations. For one, there is a reason the material is written on this web site. Many people encountered in this dimension operate under fairly set pre-suppositions. And as follows, many homeschool co-ops can admittedly look a bit, well, homeschool-y (that can be re-translated down to school-y). Each one also has its own set of group dynamics.

Individual co-ops clearly have their own character as structure and protocol are concerned, but since "co-op" is short for "cooperative", there has to be at least some requisite element of contribution involved. Taking part in leadership could definitely have its benefits, but at least one of its limitations is that not everyone has or wants that opportunity. So the ultimate question becomes how to create momentum within the scope of standard co-op membership.

Three categories of opportunities will be covered under this strategy: standard membership contribution, resource management, and extra-curricular collaboration. As these will need to involve some explanation, they will each receive a dedicated article in the upcoming weeks.

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