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High-five to homeschooling moms??

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM
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A high-five to homeschooling moms???   :)

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Education is often considered the foundation for creating a well rounded and productive society, but this belief usually stems from being sure that those coming out of the education system are able to keep the cogs of society turning in order to maintain profit margins of large companies in a system that requires constant growth. Instead of having creative and out-of-the-box-thinking people, the current style of education creates more submissive, obedient and trained graduates so the current system is always maintained.

What this means is that standard education is focused less on each individual and their growth and more on creating a supply of worker bees that can go out into the world and follow within the confines the system sets out. Sir Ken Robinson gave a famous TED talk in 2007 where he discussed his beliefs about how education kills creativity. This TED talk is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and  has inspired many to re-think the way we are educating our children. Since traditional education is still taking its time with adjusting, many are turning to homeschooling as a solution as it allows children to explore education much like Logan did.

Currently about 3.8% of children ages 5 – 17 are home schooled in the US. In Canada, that number drops to about 1%. This is a number that is expected to continue growing in both countries as more see the limitations of our current education system. Also, studies done in the US and Canada show that home schooled children out perform their peers from both private and public schools.

In my view, home schooling is much more likely to create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person who is less conditioned to think only within the small confines of a crumbling system. Does this mean it is for everyone and that one can’t turn out that way through standard education? No, I simply feel the chances are far greater with homeschooling.

My decision to leave school behind when I was in college came from the same beliefs I hold today about education. I felt confined within the system and I felt it wasn’t going to lead me somewhere I wanted to be. It didn’t matter whether I was studying business, engineering, marketing or music, I did not enjoy the methods and couldn’t see a way to change things except by leaving. Aside from what society would make us think, leaving education and a diploma behind was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made as I was then able to explore and learn anything I wanted without having to worry about a rigid structure which promotes memorization and useless testing. I believe we will be OK if we leave the current education system behind and choose other methods. This isn’t to say homeschool is for everyone, but I truly believe that a drastic, and I mean drastic, change in the way our education system functions needs to happen, and soon.

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by on Jan. 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM
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by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I last heard that under 2% of USA kids homeschool. I wonder if that number has increased due to charter schools (or if this article is just incorrect). 

I have a bit of a headache, so I cant think too well right now. Also, I know that I am pulling only one part of what is being said here out. However, I just don't understand what is so wrong with public schools and their desire to educate and create a workforce for society?! Is everyone living in some sort of utopia??? Individuality is fantastic, but we all are part of something bigger as a collective. People complain that the schools are an archaic system and yet complain that they change too often (schools have tried to adapt). 

Do you know what some of the top performing countries (in education) think the USA's biggest problem is??? That we do not have enough respect towards our learning institutions. A revolution with the education system would have to reach outside of the schools. It would have to change the attitudes and perceptions that we hold towards the system. It is possible because other countries have done it. 

Of course though, homeschoolers do deserve a high five!!!

"To a great mind, nothing is little."  ~Sherlock Holmes

by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Very interesting!!

by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM


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