I've been so focused on making MSM happen that I haven't really reflected, meaningfully, on how to communicate "why".
1) This is evidenced-based learning at its best. Our approach is a combination of several different schools of thought. We have picked out and hybridized the best parts of public, private, and home schooling.
same caring adults throughout the program
more time for free choice and free play
more time up and moving
project-based studies add real-life relevance
place-based studies add real-life relevance
greater involvement of parents
combination of student-lead & teacher-lead learning
2) I've spent a lot of my life teaching and trying to figure out how to communicate difficult subjects to unwilling students. Educating is a very interesting puzzle for me that I enjoy working on. Elementary students are unwilling in a different way than college students but still challenging. As a completely self-absorbed mom, of course, my example comes from my family: My eldest loathed writing (he's a perfectionist type) and that made math excruciating for him in public school. Once we started homeschooling our solution? find the math curriculum with the least writing and the most manipulatives. Again, I'm not a genius here, but taking the time to dissect the problem is what lead to the solution, not more time on math worksheets! And this kind of solution is what the microschool is all about, having the time to find a good work around to all these little quirks.
3) Rockland has lots of people looking for something a little different, be it private schoolers that want more flexibility or homeschoolers looking for more structure.
I've noticed the homeschooling community mimics the surrounding community in that it has very diverse ends of the sociopoliticial spectrum and at times is non-compatible with each other end. One of the superpowers I earned after leveling up to 40+ is not caring what one's personal beliefs are, in the sense of being ready to help all the folks no matter where they are on their own personal journey. I've been through a couple rounds of extremism myself. At MSM, we really honestly have no axe to grind, we are simply here filling a need in the K to 5 community.
4) It is what our kids need right now. And I don't mean our kids in a general vague way, I mean MINE. My boys are excited about this in a way public school never produced.
While we get out and about (i.e., we are socialized) one thing I've noticed about homeschooling is that my kids don't get to fail in public and they don't meet many public challenges either. A challenge on the playing field is totally different from saying a word wrong, or flubbing a bit of math -because it's our smarts in question! It is important to make mistakes but to make them in a safe and gentle environment. At MSM the emphasis is that everyone makes mistakes, and we need to make mistakes in order to learn. Period. Just like a missed goal, it is just as ok to mess up inside as outside.
I must insert a pet peeve of mine here. The evil sciencist from TV is, really, most of the time an evil engineer, as demostrated by the cartoon below.
6) This next reason will seem a little weird. I like teaching but I'm not one of those people that go around saying, "I love kids." But hear me out on this. I am a shy introvert by nature. I am also a little shy around kids. As a kid myself I never really appreciated the condescending nature of those kiddy-tones so I guess that's why I've never acted that way. Despite that, several people have told me that I should do this. And I think that education can save the world. I think the single most important we can do is make sure that our community grows to its best potential and that high quality education is key to that happening. I feel like the time is ripe, the need is great, and though I'm a little shy myself I think now is the time for MSM.