Okay, I’ll admit it when I’m wrong about something, so it’s time for me to come clean today:
I was wrong about school.
When it comes to homeschool bloggers, I have been one of the most vocal opponents to the public education system.
That hasn’t changed.
However, I am going to recant something I’ve stated more than once, which was the assumption that institutional schooling does not prepare children for the real world.
As I was observing a group of children and teenagers getting off the bus across the street, seemingly on their way home from summer school, I had an epiphany:
School is the (unpaid) employment of our youth. Hence, school DOES teach children about the real world.
It teaches them how to wake up early in the morning, head to a building where they’ll be instructed to do meaningless things by their superiors until they’re bored into indifference to the world around them, and how to go to bed and wake up the next morning on a mission to repeat the same life of drudgery all over again.
It teaches them to block out the world around them when they’re at home in an attempt to rid their minds of those facts and figures surrounding them every single day of their working/schooling lives.
It teaches them not to care, an unavoidable side effect of ignoring their surroundings.
It teaches them not to question authority. Ever. Schooling done well will remove any sense of critical thinking at all.
After all, ignorance is a glorious gift to any institution – educational, governmental, or otherwise. It’s much easier to control the status quo when people are no longer aware enough to object to injustice.
So, again, it’s time for me to admit that school does teach children about the real world – the world that the bureaucracy wishes every citizen would adhere to.
The thing is, I don’t want my children to learn about that world.
I want my children to learn about the world as God intended it to be – a world filled with possibilities, love, wonder, and service. A world in which it is not unusual for someone to be successful in pursuing their heart’s desires – those desires that our heavenly Father placed there to begin with.
I want my children to learn to embrace the world around them and have the good sense and fortitude to stand up to tyranny and injustice.
If you ask me, home education is the best, if not the only, way to do that.
And that is a fact.
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