On January 24, 2013, I was interviewed by the atheist unschooling blog What To Tell The Neighbors. The blog’s author, Suzanne Lamb, writes about her experiences unschooling her children and raising them without religion. I met Ms. Lamb on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Facebook page. She expressed interest in interviewing me upon finding out that I came from a nontraditional educational background combining homeschooling, unschooling, and self-teaching. In my interview, I discussed my nontraditional education, how I became an atheist, and how I developed an interest in constitutional law.
An Interview with Grown Homeschooler Amanda Scott
I recently had the opportunity to interview Amanda Scott, a grown homeschooler from Alabama who is also an atheist. I met Amanda, who is nineteen, on the Freedom From Religion Foundation Facebook page, where Amanda is known for her extensive knowledge of First Amendment caselaw. Amanda is also the administrator of a Facebook Group called “The Wall of Separation,” dedicated to the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state, the Framers’ intent, and Supreme Court jurisprudence.
Did you homeschool from early childhood on, or did you have some school experiences along the way?
AS: I attended public school until the fourth grade.
How did you and/or your parents arrive at the decision to homeschool?
AS: My parents decided to homeschool me because of my health. I had a health problem that required me to go to the doctor at least three times a week which conflicted with my school schedule. But my parents saw that I did better at home than at school, so they decided to continue to homeschool me for the rest of my school years.