Learning Tangent came into being in 2014 after our founder, Gail Nelson, started homeschooling her then 8 year-old twin boys. Like many new homeschool moms, she ordered all the free and discounted copies of homeschool magazines she could find, in the hopes of finding guidance on how to do this homeschool thing. She was disheartened to find that among the plethora of homeschool magazines, there was something missing: A truly inclusive magazine. One that didn’t push one worldview or another. A homeschooling magazine where the readers and writers are willing to discuss different beliefs and ideas without the animosity that so often seems to accompany them. A big dream, but one worthy of pursuing!
Her husband, David, pointed out that she had all the skills and abilities to start her own magazine – and why not try? There may be lots of other moms looking for just such a magazine. Besides, she grew up in a media family, where she was regularly exposed to journalism, layout & design, and the realities of running a publication. All these things made her well-suited to begin and continue such a big endeavor. A short six months after David suggested she do it herself, the first issue, digital only, appeared on the internet. It only held about 16 pages – you can still read it online.
Four years later, and we’re still growing. We don’t have a huge advertising budget (because we’d rather spend that money making Learning Tangent bigger and better), but we are out there sharing Learning Tangent with new readers every day. We invite discussion and welcome a variety of worldviews. We probably won’t agree with you 100% of the time, and that’s more than okay…it’s awesome. Our goal is to get people talking, and more importantly…listening to each other.
Each issue is stuffed full of articles written by homeschooling moms and dads so that YOU can homeschool more effectively. We understand that families are starting this new journey for a variety of reasons, and Learning Tangent reflects this reality. We believe that our greatest strength lies in coming together as homeschoolers, as moms and dads, and grandmas and grandpas; not this or that type of homeschooler. We can learn from each other, and achieve the goal of bringing up our children up to be intelligent, compassionate adults who leave a positive impact on society.