Homeschool Dropouts
54 minutes in length
Widescreen NTSC, all regions
37 minutes of bonus material
DVD $20.00

Why the Second Generation is Headed for a Spiritual Wasteland and What Can Be Done

The "first generation" home schooling movement is almost three decades old. It has been a stunning success. Even the most critical skeptics admit this. "But," they ask, "what about the second generation? Will the homeschool graduates do what their teachers did?" This is the real test of any teacher, especially a parent. Does the student understand the importance of the lesson? Will the second generation continue to build on the legacy of independent home education, or abandon what their parents so bravely began? The Botkin siblings have been talking to their peers around the United States, many of whom are planning futures that do not include home education. Is this the first sign of homeschooling failure? This documentary examines the history of the movement and the character that will be required to sustain it into the second generation and beyond.

"I would highly recommend this DVD for anyone who would be interested in an insider critique of the homeschooling movement; you can get it here. It’s also useful for those of us homeschool graduates who are confused and disheartened by the negative attitudes of our homeschooled peers as the Botkins do a good job of outlining the major issues at stake. For those of you who weren’t homeschooled are haven’t had much contact with homeschooling, the issues described in this DVD are widely applicable to our entire generation of Christian youth: a generation that has, for the most part, dumped the faith of their parents. Those of us who know the Lord need to take very seriously the responsibility we have to pass on the faith to the next generation – nobody else is going to do it for us.”
V.
"For Christmas 2009, I asked for the new DVD Homeschool Dropouts: Why The Second Generation is now Headed for a Spiritual Wasteland. And I got it! I was so excited to receive this DVD and I watched it that day. I was shocked, convicted, humbled, pricked, challenged, filled with despair, brought to tears, filled with hope, and awakened to a growing movement: Homeschool dropouts.... I believe that this is a much-needed message that is not being widely circulated among the homeschool movement. As I have been a part of this movement for nearly two decades, I have seen major changes in the way people are “doing homeschool” and some of these changes are frankly, frightening! The time to act is now, the time to keep silent has passed. The Botkin siblings do a gracious job of communicating hard truths to my generation (the second generation) of homeschoolers. A message long overdue."
A.
TypeProductSpecifications
DVD Homeschool Dropouts
  • 54 minutes in length
  • Widescreen NTSC, all regions
  • 37 minutes of bonus material

About the Author

Geoffrey & Victoria Botkin and their grown, home-educated children work together to discover and recover functional family culture in the United States and beyond. They hold dual citizenship in the US and New Zealand, and have launched media and business endeavors in both nations. Western Conservatory was founded six years ago as a means to help families carry out Great Commission duties (Matt. 28:18-20). From rural Tennessee, they strongly endorse the practical application of theology, wisdom, and creativity in all of life. They regularly speak together at conferences, film academies, and online webinars. They work together to publish and produce original books, articles, audio messages, original music, and video resources. Their aim is to clearly address the most critical battles of this generation, discipling individuals and families toward holiness and Christ-like maturity (Colossians 1:28).