CHANGING WHAT WE DO
[This is Part 10 of the Article “Please Don’t Homeschool Your Children!”]
I hope some of you have been encouraged by all I have written in this series of articles. Encouragement has always been my intention, even if I have poked a little hard at some of your paradigms. I believe most parents desire to prioritize having a relationship with the children God has given them to raise and to raise those children to become all God intended them to be. To not send children to school can be an immense lifestyle change. For some, making this change must be done in stages. If you have brought “your” children home it may be necessary (for a season) to follow a Public School model. Hopefully, that season will be short-lived.
So, then, what do you think children should be doing all day now that they are home? Here are some ways to determine what you believe:
First, and probably the most obvious way to determine what you really believe, is to ask yourself, “Is this child the constant or is this child’s education the constant?”
Next, consider how much your school is like public school—only at home. Are your children in a grade? Are you following a Scope & Sequence track that is moving your children throughout the years toward graduation? Are you using what is popularly termed “prepackaged curricula” which is filling their minds with the same information you were required to learn when you were in school? Are you teaching them this information so they can do well on the same tests every other child in the world is taking? Is what you are doing (or not doing) providing time for them to prioritize what God has gifted them to do (remember the 5,000-10,000 hours I discussed in the previous entry)? Are you resourcing these talents and giftings? Have you given a lot of thought to what they really don’t need to know, but can look up if they ever need to know it? Have you given thought to teaching them the things you were never taught but wish you had been? Have you prioritized what God has told you is important for each child to know and do? Are you struggling with using materials that have no “life” or meaning?
Or, have you stepped completely out of the lock-step, institutional, Public School model of raising children?
Our daughter went to both public and private school, but our sons never did. In fact they were never in a grade, and we rarely used anything “prepackaged” with them. It did take us a while to learn the value of not doing these things. Now, they are grown, and will tell you they are doing exactly what God put in them to do. And, they are good at what they do! Each was given the necessary 10,000 hours to become good at what they are doing…