Changing the Emphasis – Part 3
[This is Part 9 of the Article, “Please Don’t Homeschool Your Children!”]
In the previous entry, I stated that Institutional Schooling does what it does out of a belief in what a child is, what a child needs, and what schools do to fill a child’s need.
What a child is: An empty vessel.
What a child needs: To have his or her empty vessel filled with the information necessary to be called “educated” (i.e. graduated).
What Schools do: Fill empty vessels with graduation-ready information. The child then takes a job or goes to college to take a “better” job.
My question to parents is this: “Do you believe children arrive in the world as empty vessels to be filled? Do you believe learning information is the main objective of an education? Do you believe Schools know what they are doing?”
I ended that entry by asking the question, “If children do not enter the world as empty vessels, what kind of vessels are they?”
The idea that children are born as empty vessels is a foolish notion and couldn’t be more harmful, yet this is the prevailing attitude of most adults in the world today (and the main reason Institutional Education is set up the way it is). In truth, children come into the world prepackaged with specific giftings, talents, and callings which we parents must discover as the child grows up in our homes. All we parents need to do is ask the child’s Father/Creator “Who is this you have given me to raise?” and the Father will begin the process of showing the parents whom He has created. Then, the parents begin the process of providing the necessary time and resources that will allow the child to become the person he already is!
This idea has astonishing implications!
I have already mentioned that it takes the child’s entire schooling experience—approximately 12 years, or 15,000 hours—to input all the information Institutional Schooling says a child must know (or, at least, be exposed to) to be considered “educated”. But, while the child is spending all that time learning information, what does he or she not have time to be doing?
Here is an important statistic: It takes approximately 5,000 hours of involvement in a particular endeavor for a person to become proficient at something in which he or she is interested. If you consider allowing your child to spend 10 hours per week (that is, only 2 hours per day, 5 days every week) at something that is of interest to your child, you will have allowed your child to spend about 500 hours in a year on that task. In other words, proficiency will take about 10 years. Proficiency means your child will probably be able to get a job at something he likes to do.
Now, let’s look at this further: If you want your child to become one of the very best at what he likes to do, that will take an additional 5,000 hours, or about 10,000 hours in all. This means the child will either need 20 years at 2 hours per day or 10 years at 4 hours per day.
How easy is it for a child to become the very best at what he loves to do? To say it another way, Is it easier for a child to learn something he loves than to learn something he doesn’t?
What causes a child to love something? One child loves to play the piano. Another loves math. Another loves to dance. Another loves computer languages. Another writes, is artistic, etc, etc. I want to suggest that a child loves something because his or her Father has put that endeavor into the child before birth.
Then, the child comes into the world—not as an empty vessel—but full of what the Father wants him or her to do in life. The parents are tasked with discovering these giftings and callings (they ask the child’s Father), and they then provide the TIME & RESOURCES for the child to become the very best at what he or she loves to do.
Further, I want to suggest that these giftings/callings are given to the child, not primarily for the child’s benefit, but for the benefit of the rest of the world. And, as the child expresses his or her giftings/callings, others are blessed, the child is blessed, and the Father is blessed.
If you believe any of this, would it change what you did with the time you have with your children? Would information be the main course of your child’s daily educational meals?
My middle son once told me of a quote he had seen as a young person. It said, “If I will spend a few years doing what others won’t do, then I can spend the rest of my life doing what others can’t do.” With this in mind, we gave our sons the time and the resources to become proficient and, now, they are becoming world class in what they love. Requiring them to spend those 12 years becoming educated (according to the world’s standards) would have robbed them of both the time and the resources to fulfill what God had placed in them to do with their lives. I only wish we had known this when our daughter was growing up. Fortunately, her Father took over and raised her to be the amazing person she is today.
Each child is gifted according to the will of his or her Father. Each is a “genius” is his or her special way.