All the cool Christian bloggers, it seems, are roamschooling their kids in France at the moment. “Roamschooling” (or “roadschooling”) is homeschooling treated as extended hands-on field trip, whether to the farm down the road or halfway around the world.
France seems fairly denuded of religious imagery. Not surprising that 200 years of mostly anti-religious, sometimes violent culture and society takes its toll, of course. You don’t notice it at first, since every village still has its church tower at the center rising above everything else. But there is a silence and lifelessness about those churches and there are few roadside shrines or outdoor religious symbols.
It’s very easy for us religiously conservative Americans to despair over the direction of our own culture, especially with regard to religion, but really, we have it so, so good. I say that not in a triumphalist spirit, but only as a corrective to my own customary gloom on the subject.
You can read more of Welborn’s thoughts on roamschooling here and here, and Dreher’s rationale for moving to France for a month here.
If you don’t usually follow them, it’s a good idea to add both Welborn and Dreher to your reading list for the next few weeks.