When I walked into Survival Sam’s dining room this morning, the atmosphere was surprisingly dismal. Something had come up, prompting this breakfast meeting at Sam and Sally’s. Duane and diane were there, and Diane was wiping tears from her eyes with a tissue.
“I just don’t know what to do,” she sobbed. “Thank you so much for letting us come over this morning and talk this out.”
“That’s what we’re here for, honey,” Survival Sally said soothingly. “Have some spiced tea to calm you down a little.” She put a steaming cup in front of Diane, who took it absent mindedly.
“What’s happened?” I asked, feeling a little like a bull in a
Duane spoke up. “Diane got a call yesterday from the school. They want us to meet with their social worker because they think Bryce needs counseling help. They said something about him acting up in class and putting him on Ritalin.”
Diane sobbed loudly. “He’s only eight, and he’s a good boy.”
“Diane and I have been arguing about remodeling the basement,” Duane said, “but I didn’t think it would affect the kids much. Maybe I was wrong.”
“It’s not you two, Duane,” Sam said. “And in this case, even if it were, I don’t think that’s the reall issue here. Unfortunately, this happens more and more. It’s all too common. The system wants your kids.”
“So, what do we do?” asked Duane.
“Pull both of your kids out of school as fast as you can,” Sally said.
“Believe it or not, this could literally be an issue of survival,” Sam said.
“Oh, come on, Sam,” snarled duane, whirling to face Sam. “This isn’t the time for some kind of sales pitch or survival talk. You of all people should know that.”
“This is no joke,” Sam said calmly. “Children on Ritalin have actually died from it.” Diane gasped at hearing that. “A family has started an organization called the National Alliance Against Mandated Mental Health. Their son Matthew died from Ritalin at age 14, and they’re trying to warn other parents about such dangers.”
“Isn’t that just awful?” commented Sally.
“Sorry, Sam, I didn’t know it was really that bad,” Duane said looking down sheepishly. “Taking the kids out of school is going to cause a lot of upheaval around our house you know, so where do we begin?”
“Home school. We’ll help you any way we can,” said Sally.
“I believe it’s absolutely imperative that you contact the Home School Legal Defense Association,” Sam said. “HSLDA can fill you in on the current state laws about home schooling, and they’ll put you in touch with a state home school support group.”
“What do we do about the school social worker?” asked Diane. “I’m afraid something bad could happen to our family.”
“You’re right to be concerned, diane,” Sam said. “HSLDA deals with families all the time who are harassed by school staff or social workers. They can help you write the proper letter of withdrawal from school. If the school gives you any trouble, HSLDA is there for support. They have an excellent track record of winning court cases and solving problems that families face all over the country.”
“Be committed to this,” urged Sally. “If you decide later to put your kids back in school, then change your mind again, you’ll only create trouble for yourselves. This has to be a real change of lifestyle.”
“I don’t know if I can teach,” Diane said timidly.
“Sure you can,” Sally said. “You’re smarter than your kids. And nobody knows or loves them more than you do. Besides, there’s an abundance of curriculum to choose from these days. Some families get very creative with their home school. Your kids will adjust to it before you know it, too.
“I don’t know,” Diane said.
“Then I suggest you start by enrolling your kids into an academy program, like
“Thank you for the encouragement,” Diane said. “Have you got something I can write this down on?” Sally reached for a yellow legal pad and a pen and pencil.
“Oh, by the way,” I said, “there’s information about home schooling you should see on my blog. You can access it by clicking on ‘Self Sufficient Life’ in the E-books & Other Resources page in the Prep Mart. ”
“I think we’ve got a lot to talk about this morning,” said Duane. “Looks like we’re going to be making some big changes.”