Allen Ginsberg once wrote, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”
He worked for peace and outlived many of his buddies, showing that he valued something stronger than destruction.
I have seen the best minds of my generation (+/-) participating in the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF), which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary of providing resources and support for gifted and twice-exceptional families.
I once met an astoundingly gifted child who was the oldest sibling in a really cool family. Most of his gifted community lived under the same roof, and his eyes were moist with appreciation as he quickly understood that I understood him.
I told him, “There are other people like you. Is it important for you to meet them now, or is it enough to know that they exist?” He replied that it was enough to know that they exist. I don’t have to pose this question with GHF members; they already know they have community.
GHF exists as a key bridge for families transitioning from school districts that can’t meet a child’s needs to begin and continue homeschooling with alternative community supports.
Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of GHF, noted “We like to think that community is GHF’s strength – it’s why we exist, and we hope it addresses the feelings of isolation and the need to reinvent the wheel.”
You are not alone, and you can save time. As my partner Sara reminds me, perhaps we are also saving brilliant minds from being wasted. And, being understood has serious emotional consequences — community can save lives and, with life on a time axis, can reduce years spent in depression.
Moments of peer support, from validation on the GHF Facebook Page to a new perspective from a blog, make the daily impacts of asynchronous development more understandable.
I am proud to be an institutional member of GHF, and I encourage you to consider membership.
It’s not about being among the best minds of a generation, although some people have to deal with that (and it can be challenging from children)…
It’s about having a community to help navigate educational and social development in a way that honors moving at your own pace to your fullest, internally motivated potential.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear about your community. How do you find the support you need for your family?