It seems like every newsletter I send, I get emails from people wondering where the film is, with really good cause. I have been too slow in sending actual production updates! Here’s the story.
Garritt and Yvette Hampton, director and producer/host of Schoolhouse Rocked were recent guests on Israel Wayne’s excellent Family Renewal podcast, where they got to talk about homeschooling and the production of this important homeschooling documentary. Listen to the show here.
The Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast is coming soon and we have asked you, our faithful homeschool revolutionaries for your questions, topic suggestions, and guest requests. You have come through in a big way! Below are some of the great requests and suggestions we have gotten so far. We can’t wait to start tackling these on the podcast.
If you haven’t already gotten your request in, do it here and be entered into our contest for a great summer prize, 100 Backyard Activites, by Colleen Kessler! – ENTER THE CONTEST HERE!
Anna attended public preschool and kindergarten, but severe dyslexia caused her mom, who knew she was smart and capable, to bring her home in order to keep her from being improperly labeled and segregated by the public schools. While her education wasn’t easy, her mom persisted and finally found a program that allowed her to learn to read. Even though reading is still a struggle and she didn’t learn to read until very late, homeschooling allowed her the freedom to pursue other passions and talents and provided the individualized education that she needed to succeed.
Schoolhouse Rocked director, Garritt Hampton and host and producer, Yvette Hampton appeared on The Patriotic Remnant Podcast to talk about homeschooling and the upcoming feature-length documentary Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.
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As long-time members of HSLDA we know how valuable their service is. We are thankful that they faithfully fight for the rights of parents to homeschool their children, and have been since 1983.
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“Honestly, we were worried about that social awkwardness, and we just thought, going into it, that if your kids are at home with you all day they won’t have opportunities to interact with other people and they’ll come out weird. We didn’t realize, going into it, that that just wasn’t the way homeschooling was. There are so many opportunities to interact with other kids. Our kids, in fact, have been involved in a co-op for several years and they’re able to get together with other kids a day a week and play and learn great classical stuff, and memorize, and recite, and speak in public, and that’s been great for them. The the myth of the unsocialized homeschooler is just that. It’s a myth. It’s not based in reality. The other thing we realized though, was that some of that reservation was just vanity on our part, and the idea of raising a kid who was different seamed distasteful to us at first. But the truth is, as Christians, we really are needing to raise up kids who are different from what the public school system is turning out. And so, as we started to look at our own prejudices we realized it’s okay to be different from what’s out there. It’s okay to have kids who are well-spoken, and well mannered, and can interact with adults, and are intelligent, and can speak in public, and stand for their faith, and so we embrace some of that difference.”
Yvette sits down for a Facebook Live with Durenda Wilson, author of The Unhurried Homeschooler. We had a great time interviewing Durenda and her husband Darryl for Schoolhouse Rocked, at their awesome Airbnb in Mayberry! When I posted the original video it was rotated 90 degrees. Here it is in an actual, watchable (but still extremely overcompressed) format!
We were privileged to be a part of the Classical Conversations 20th Anniversary Celebration, where we were asked to share the world premier of the official trailer for Schoolhouse Rocked! It was an absolutely fantastic night, featuring some great speakers and capped off by an excellent time of worship. God is glorified in Classical Conversations, and we pray he will continued to be glorified for many more years as Classical Conversations helps students to know God and make Him known.