The conversation on this blog is what keeps me going as a homeschooling parent. It’s my nature to do tons of research for anything I’m doing in my life, but it’s also my nature to want to talk things through. And it’s hard to find people to talk to about homeschooling.

I’m sure you’ve discovered that if you talk about your problems with homeschooling to people who don’t homeschool, their first response is, “Then why don’t you send your kids to school?”

I have learned as much from the comments on this blog as I have from the gazillions of hours I’ve spent reading academic research. I want to make sure none of you missed the most animated conversations we’ve had in 2015. So, here they are:

The best way to lift kids out of poverty (it’s NOT education)

What common practice will horrify our kids someday

Traditional schools are for parents who are scared

Essential advice to kids: You cannot be anything you want

Education does not mean “learn stuff you don’t like”

This blog features some amazing guest writers, which also makes me excited because we are a diverse community that approaches homeschooling from a wide range of perspectives. I like that we annoy each other sometimes, because staying in a conversation even when you’re annoyed is a testament to how important the community is in your life.

The real reason we homeschool our black son

Homeschooling does not make you poor

Homeschooling is not just for rich people

I also want you to know that our community has a huge impact. I didn’t realize it until recently, because unlike my writing about careers which goes viral (if it is going to) quickly, education topics accelerate much more slowly. Here are three examples of topics that are still gaining a wider influence all across the Internet years later:

Kids who play video games do better as adults (1.3K likes)

Lies we tell ourselves about screen time (1.5K likes)

Top universities want you to homeschool (44K likes)

I did not set out to change the world when I started homeschooling. I just wanted my kids to have a nice childhood. But in the process of being brutally honest about all my own misconceptions, I have become part of a community that is, indeed, changing the world. Thank you so much for doing this with me.