In my previous post, I suggested it is time for homeschooling parents to take the advice of a former New York State Teacher-of-the-Year who said, “Find out what the Public School does and do something else.”
However, as I interact with today’s homeschoolers, I find they are not yet ready to do this.
In fact, homeschooling parents are actually forfeiting two critical opportunities: First, to provide their own children with the best educational experience possible; and, second, to demonstrate how all children should be educated.
Homeschoolers could slowly be changing the culture of education all over the world. Instead, it is the other way round: Homeschoolers are defaulting to imitating the world’s educational culture.
Why? Because we are afraid and fear causes us to do things that, while relieving our fears, harm our children’s futures which is exactly what public school does to its children.
Why are we afraid?
First, we believe we don’t know what we are doing. And, we are right.
Second, we believe everyone else does know what they are doing. And, we are wrong.
Not knowing what we are doing causes us to look to others to tell us what we should be doing. And, since we actually believe others know what they are doing, we do what they do.
It is not wrong to turn to someone else for help in our homeschooling journey, as long as we are looking to the right one(s). More on that in my next post.
If you have been paying even minimal attention, you would know that the public school’s way of educating children (meaning its curriculum choices and the way that curricula is taught) is under a microscope and is being largely discredited. Yet, the fear under which most homeschoolers live causes them to default to teaching the same subjects that are taught in the public schools and in the same way those subjects are taught.
Even if it takes another generation, homeschoolers eventually must be willing to do something else or we can simply add homeschooling to public schooling, private schooling, and Christian schooling as alternative means of replicating public schooling’s failed educational philosophies.
NEXT POST: 4 beliefs—and 2 tyrannies—that are hurting our kids.
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