However, sales tanked in Latin America, much to the chagrin and confusion of the company execs. Of course, if you speak Spanish, you understand: no va in Spanish quite literally means "doesn't go." And who'd want a car like that?!
I've long found similar issues with the word homeschool, and so I sometimes refer to what I do as "home education" instead. That helps clear up some people's misunderstandings about my family's educational choice, but there still remain - and probably always will - unfortunate misunderstandings about what we do. So I'd long ago decided that I'll do my best to be an advocate and a diplomat (does that make me an "advomat?," a "diplocat?") and leave the rest up to God.
Then today as I was browsing on Facebook, I came across an article that uses an entirely new term: independent educator.
I love this woman's perspective! She verbalizes well my views on the matter, and I believe I'll move toward adopting the term in some of my own conversations when I think it might help prevent miscommunication. After all, I'd love for more to understand that homeschooling / home education / independent learning is much more akin to nova than to no va, and a new term could be a new tool in that endeavor.
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