Is it difficult for a homeschooler to break into politics?
Homeschoolers are heavily represented among grassroots groups and political party campaigns. But how often do they attempt to run for office? Have there been any successes? (Note: I'm not asking for a History lesson. I'm asking about individuals who are or were part of the recent homeschooling movement.)
It's difficult, but not impossible. I think the main problem that homeschoolers face as a political figure is being able to interact with the public. I know there are many exceptions, but normally homeschoolers--who spend less time interacting with large groups of people--tend to be shy, especially when they have to deal with public speaking. However, most homeschoolers will go to an on campus university, allowing them to get over most of that shyness and learn how to talk in front of large groups of people. If you are a homeschooler, taking a few theatre classes in college would probably be a big help.
But, besides that, there is no reason that a homeschooled person would be any less capable of running for office. However, if you asked me, "Are homeschoolers less likely to run?" I would be a little less sure. You'd have to look a little bit into why parents homeschool their children, and why politicians run for office. I feel like alot of people homeschool their children because they think that the public schools in their area are unsatisfactory, whether because of poverty, apathy, or the lack of qualified teachers. If a child is homeschooled in a poor area with a bad school system, they are less likely to see firsthand the problems their community has to deal with. I think that being exposed to a failing school system can often be an inspiration for someone to run for public office in their area so they can help be the change they think their community needs. However, homeschoolers are still capable of fighting for change in their community.
Not difficult at all I would think. If you are versed on the Political Issues, study Political science basics, learn speech and confidence skills and actually practice it.
If you attend the state conventions and local political meetings, talk with local newspaper folks, council people etc.. search for facts and opinions... Befriend local political people, party people, stump the locals and Prepare yourself for it.
This way you are well versed and informed. Most Home schoolers, I find, are more dedicated and are used to digging out the facts, not having a Teacher hand it to them, or just teach them how to pass a state standards test to Graduate.
I'd say they have as much of, if not better of a chance to suceed. But Politics takes passion and Hard ground work. Take up a cause, a fight for common good one from the Heart not the head!
And like the President told the Kids, whatever you do, do not write anything controversial on facebook!...lol
Jon in Nashville
I'm hoping it's not to hard. My son wants to be a politician. He is very good with people, knows what he thinks and can articulate it with precision. He is currently a junior in high school and has served on one campaign. He also participates in speech and debate contests for homeschoolers. Last year he went to the National NCFCA contest. He didn't win but he was only a sophomore. If your child wants to get into politics help them. Who would have ever guessed when Barack Obama was growing up that we would have a black president. Go Homeschoolers!!!
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