Yvette Hampton On the Importance of Homeschooling & the New Docu-Film "Schoolhouse Rocked"
The new feature-length documentary movie, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, examines the incredible growth of homeschooling and why thousands of families across the country are choosing this path for their children's education. The premium streaming release of Schoolhouse Rocked will launch on November 12.
Yvette Hampton is the producer and host of the documentary. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation, Yvette has a deep desire to see a culture shift by encouraging people through God's Word. She and her husband, Garritt, have a passion for strengthening and equipping families and the homeschool community by teaching parents how to live out their convictions and point their children towards Christ. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mom.
Q: Yvette, thanks for doing this interview with us. Once upon a time, you were against homeschooling, why was that so?
My husband and I simply didn't understand it. We bought into all the misconceptions and negative stereotypes about homeschooling and thought it just wasn't right for our family.
Q: What changed? Why are you now an advocate for homeschooling?
We attended a homeschool convention in California the summer before our oldest daughter started Pre-K. At that conference, it was as if the scales fell from our eyes, and for the first time, we were able to see the real benefits of homeschooling. We realized that the responsibility to instill biblical truth and righteousness into the hearts of our children lies with us and is not something to be handed off to someone else. We know and love our girls more than anyone else and we have their absolute best interest in mind. Additionally, no one else in the world would take the time to focus on their strengths and weaknesses, and we could not foster the relationship we have with our girls if they were apart from us for 35-40 hours a week.
Q: Tell us briefly what Schoolhouse Rocked is about
Schoolhouse Rocked follows our family as we travel the country interviewing education experts, curriculum developers, college and university faculty and administrators, and homeschooling families at every stage in the process, from kindergarten to college graduation and beyond. Viewers follow our progression from strong opponents to homeschooling, to reluctant homeschoolers and first-time teachers, to outspoken advocates for this growing education revolution and it dispels many of the misconceptions about homeschooling that we once believed to be true. We also discuss the importance of family discipleship and how homeschooling provides us the opportunity to point out kids' hearts towards Jesus every day.
Q: What led you to want to create a documentary about the subject?
Garritt is a Hollywood industry veteran and after having homeschooled for several years, we became homeschool advocates...always wanting to share this blessing with others. So, we were able to take Garritt's gift for filmmaking and our passion for homeschooling to create Schoolhouse Rocked. We wanted to answer the questions that so many people have about homeschooling and bring hope, courage, and resources to those who want an alternative to traditional education.
Q: What was one takeaway you learned that impacted your family while making Schoolhouse Rocked?
That God is faithful! He's taken us through five years of traveling, making a movie, being unsettled, and having to trust Him completely for every bit of provision both for our family and for the film. This movie belongs to the Lord. We are just the ones he used to make it.
Q: What do you hope viewers will take away from watching the documentary?
We hope that parents who are already homeschooling will feel encouraged and validated in their decision to homeschool. And, we hope that parents who are not yet homeschooling but are considering it, will take courage and bring their children home.
Q: How has Covid impacted homeschooling in America?
It has been one of the BEST things that came from the Covid situation (and there aren't many). For the first time, many parents realized that they DO have what it takes to homeschool their kids...with the help of the Holy Spirit!
Q: What's next for you and your family?
We plan to continue growing the Schoolhouse Rocked ministry through the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast, which airs weekly, as well as speaking tours, an online conference, and other resources to train, encourage, and equip homeschool families to succeed.
Findout more by visiting https://schoolhouserocked.com/
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