As the school year begins for almost every child in America it is important to ask yourself, “Why do I homeschool my kids?”
We homeschool for a several reasons, but the article Back to (the Wrong) School by Seth Godin sums up nicely one of the main reasons we homeschool.
As we get ready for the 93rd year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?
The bottom line is that the system is broken. As a homeschooler we’ve chosen to flee the system rather than try to fix it and many people think that is the wrong solution. I have seven reasons why I think my solution is better.
Don’t Replicate Public School
As homeschoolers let us not fall into the trap of trying to replicate the public school experience at home. No matter what teaching method or curriculum you use remember that it isn’t about the standardized tests or sitting still for eight hours every day. Let’s not strive to give our children a good education.
What to Do
- Teach your child to think, to question, to solve problems, to challenge the status quo. Focus less on grades and grade levels and more on learning experiences.
- When they ask Why teach them how to find the answer.
- Let them be inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs even when they are five.
- Let them fail.
As homeschoolers we have a unique opportunity to give our children an educational experience unlike any they would receive at a public or private school.
You have an opportunity to change the world.
Don’t waste it.