When you hear the word “deschooling,” what image usually comes to mind?
I usually think of a child playing, or watching TV, or reading a book in a leisurely way. After all, isn’t that what deschooling is all about? Giving a child time to let go of school and embrace learning in a more natural way?
Well, yes and no.
You see, the above description certainly is a part of deschooling – a very important part, I might add – but there is another crucial element that many homeschooling families overlook:
The deschooling of the parent.
Think about it. If a parent has never disposed of their schoolish ideas, how in the world will a child ever be free to do the same? No matter how “deschooled” a child is, if a parent continues to push public school methods onto a newly homeschooled child, there really was no point of deschooling in the first place, was there?
That’s where I come in. 😉
Today I’m thrilled to be participating in the Homeschool Mindset Not-Back-to-School Blog Party. If you’re wondering how to get started on your own road to deschooling, head on over to my guest post for some practical ways to get those schoolish notions out of your head for good!
I hope to see you there!