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They must either hide their true personality and inclinations in order to be accepted or they’re pushed to the fringes and made to feel abnormal. Made to feel less likable than those who keep their ideas and opinions to themselves or fail to form any to begin with. No one looks at them askance when they know every answer to every question and are eager to share their knowledge. That their interests are boring and a waste of time?
Made to feel that convictions and fascinations are stupid and that pop culture is the only culture. They mostly don’t even know they’re doing it, I assure you. When an annoying kid like that finds a new hobby and wants to learn everything they can about it and talk about it incessantly, no one treats them like there’s something wrong with pursuing an interest like that, no matter how dull it may seem to the other members of the homeschool classroom. That they need to wear a certain thing and buy a certain thing in order to be worth people’s time?
No, the biggest concern among the concerned was: SOCIALIZATION. In other words: homeschooled kids are annoying and weird, and you don’t want your kids to be annoying and weird, ? Well, if someone tries to tell you that their kids are never annoying, they’re lying to you.
If, on the other hand, they’re able to cultivate their interests, learn to be comfortable in their own quirky skin, encouraged to achieve as much as their little over-achieving hearts desire, they’ll enter adulthood with the confidence to continue on that path.
They won’t automatically wonder if people will disagree or make fun of them when they make assertions or cling to ideals. Of course, not every homeschooled kid is like that.
It became known as the Findhorn Community, not to be confused with the village of Findhorn nearby, whose inhabitants came to resent the conflation of identities.
Three and a half decades later, the Findhorn Foundation gained the status of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation, associated with the United Nations).