Textbooks inform. Context educates. If we want to educate and not just inform, what, then, is “context”?
It is the first day of a new semester. Students all over the world are gathering in classrooms with one, shared hope: That this class will be unique; it won’t be boring. Do your students share that same hope or is this never an issue for them?
When we parents decide to educate our child at home, our idea of what a child is becomes immediately evident:
If the child is an empty vessel, we plan to spend the next 12 years depositing in him the information society has determined will make him “educated”.
On the other hand, if the child is a unique “seedling”, we plan to spend the next several years providing a specialized, exclusively individualized, nurturing environment, tending to the child’s distinctively created personhood.
All homeschooling parents will choose one of these two roads based on their personal idea of what a child is.