“Why in the world would you put ‘woke’ in your business name?” I’ve been asked.
It’s a legitimate question, especially as political conservatives have used it as a pejorative term for anything race-related that challenges the status quo.
But from the day I purchased the domain name, this is the definition of “woke” that I had in mind: To be WOKE is to be “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.” This was the definition of woke that I had always known. Even when the true definition of woke is obscured, I know when people see or hear “Woke Homeschooling,” there are no questions about what we’re about and the resources we provide.
In my mind, people who get it, get it. And I know you get it because you’re here. You are a part of the group of people that I wanted to attract to this community of committed, conscious homeschoolers.
It really is unfortunate that “woke” has come to have negative connotations, especially when the alternative to being alert and awake is being sluggish and asleep. That’s precisely what we don’t want for our kids!
Like me, you want your children engaged in the truth. It’s such a gift that we have the power to point out to the next generation how they can do better – for humanity and for the planet.
The status quo is harming all of us.
In 2022, let’s not hit snooze on important conversations. I hope you discover new reasons to wake up in the morning and homeschool with both eyes open! When we acknowledge the past, we can learn from it.
I’m so glad to know there are other parents with me unafraid to look back at hard history, eyes wide open.
Cheering you on,
P.S. I’m curious to hear from you-how do you respond when people screw their face up at the word “woke”?