Parents face this choice every time they get an unpleasant report card, have an unhappy parent-teacher conference, hear about another low evaluation of their school and the forever chant of "I'm bored." from their child.
I think I know what the first two are you might say.
- Traditional schooling is school the way it should be.
- Homeschooling is for the crazy people who want to isolate their kids from all the bad things that could happen, especially Christians.
One and two are Wrong! and Wrong!
Traditional schooling is the name given to our present school system. It has changed over the years. I have long had the opinion that our school system should go back to the "olden days" when creativity was a major part of education curriculum. We have become so test oriented that we have killed the ability to think but we are experts at regurgitation. Our present system has been accused of just creating workers to sustain the present economy rather than creators to change, expand and challenge the status quo or the normal. I have talked with teachers who are frustrated because they cannot be creative in their teaching method because they have to adhere to such stringent requirements on what they have to do. Is this really what we want for our kids? I have encountered students who cannot problem solve because they are accustomed to someone telling them what to do. Even if they had an idea they are reluctant to share it. This is not "My" traditional. When I was in school in the "olden days" independent thought was encouraged. We had home economics, woodshop, auto mechanics, music and arts programs that attracted the students who were not interested in the core curriculum. These classes were the reason they came to school and endured their math, science, history and English classes.These classes required students to think and be creative when faced with problems.
My personal experience is the traditional system does not work for everyone. I homeschooled my children through the early stages of their education. I do not regret the decision my husband and I made, but there were negative side effects. We tailored their education to their interest. Math, science,history and language arts were learned while studying what they really cared about; plays, movies, writing, cooking and different societies. Now of course their interests changed over the years but we had the freedom of flexibility. The down side, when they re-entered the public school arena, they were bored and "the listen and fill out the worksheet approach" did not work for them. Periodically, our son had instructors that encouraged thought and exchanges of ideas. Unfortunately not enough. Our daughter ended up in AP classes and activities that challenged her and allowed thinking and creativity. The day our children told us that it was a positive experience, they learned to think, question and research made it all worth it. Now of course they realized it was positive after they became adults. That was years ago, and teachers are much more restricted now.
Today, I was introduced to" hackschooling". Yeah, I thought what you are thinking, but I was wrong. It is not what you think of when you hear hacking. Watch and tell me what you think? Which will you choose?