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my share of performance anxiety. For
the rest of my life, I carried my mother’s
stress every time I went into a standardized test. But I’ve learned to understand
this as the consequence of growing up
the child of a pioneer.
At that moment when my mother, Carla
Emery, found herself dissatisfied with
her first daughter’s kindergarten experience, she was bumping up against an
invisible limitation to her freedom. It
was invisible then because few people
had tested it. Few people had realized,
yet, that restricting their children to
schoolroom education was restricting
their ability to think for themselves. And
denying themselves the right to educate
their own families was denying themselves the power to hand down valuable
I think there are always hard knocks for
people who come up against these invisible walls, and I took my share of those
knocks. But I don’t regret it.
I want to live in a world where social
pressures don’t keep children from being
allowed to learn in a way that really
works. I want to live in a world where it
isn’t illegal for parents to teach their children in a way that reflects their values,
morals, and religious beliefs.
I want to walk through all the doors my
mother opened. Looks like I want to
teach the same way as my mother after
Esther Emery is a homestead
wife who lives on three acres
of nearly wild mountainside
with her family and assorted
farm animals. She shares
homesteading knowledge and stories of
her family’s off grid life on the You Tube
channel “Fouch-o-matic Off Grid,” and
in words at www.estheremery.com. Esther
is the youngest child of the homesteading
pioneer Carla Emery, who authored The
Encyclopedia of Country Living.
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