In this day and age, coming across homeschooling advice is as easy as the press of a button.
While tons of useful guidance of all kinds is available, there’s one thing I haven’t seen mentioned thus far. I’m going to tackle it today because I believe it can be vital to the well-being of any homeschool, and it’s something that I don’t think a lot of people give much thought to.
Okay, here goes.
The one thing that all homeschool parents should do but often fail to is this:
Research the history of public education.
I know it seems counterintuitive because, well, what could possibly be the point? Why is that even necessary if your kids won’t be going there to begin with?
Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons, many of which I’m going to address here today.
First of all, though, you need to let go of the assumption that compulsory school laws were passed for noble purposes.
They weren’t. The history of public schools is filled with dark and nefarious characters who had no interest in educating the populace.
School was never intended to make people smarter.
I cannot emphasize that truth to you enough.
Rather than going into the full history of it today, however, I am leaving it to you to look into it and find out what you can because it is so important that you see this for yourself.
You see, if there’s one thing that many, many homeschool parents lack, it’s confidence in themselves. Much of this is brought on through (either consciously or subconsciously) feeling inadequate when compared with traditional school. It’s hard to go against a system that has been in place for generations.
I once felt the same way. I was constantly questioning my qualifications, my methods, and my motives because I always felt that they would never measure up to what a “professional” could offer my children. The only thing I could think of to counteract these thoughts was to try to replicate school at home, which ended up being a huge mistake on my part.
Finding out for myself what a huge conspiracy this thing called “public education” truly is has freed me from so many insecurities that almost overpowered me in this homeschooling journey of ours.
Here are just a few of them:
1. Feeling like I had to imitate school methods.
Very often, people will make mention of the fact that schools have to do things a certain way because they have more students to manage, which may be true to a certain degree. Knowing this, however, doesn’t stop countless families from continuing to enforce those same methods at home.
What if I were to tell you that those methods used by schools are not simply classroom management techniques? What if I were to tell you they were straight out of the Prussians’ play book for creating a population of mindless, obedient citizens?
Would you still try to replicate school at home then?
2. Feeling like I couldn’t measure up because I wasn’t a licensed teacher.
I won’t deny that there are some great teachers out there.
However, knowing the history of public education has enabled me to see that school lessons are less about educating and more about teaching children to obey authority and to accept whatever they are told.
I want more than that for my children, though. I want my children to know how to learn and how to seek out answers for themselves.
3. Feeling like my kids were missing out on a Rite of Passage.
When I was a new homeschool mom, that whole socialization thing really used to get to me. I sometimes used to fall for the notion that I was doing my kids a disservice by not letting them hang out with a bunch of kids all day (that they weren’t supposed to socialize with, anyway).
After just a little research, I discovered that this whole “socialization” concern is nothing but a side effect of a population that has been part of the biggest social engineering event in history – school.
If my kids are missing out on anything, it’s very likely something that I wouldn’t want them to be exposed to in the first place.
A decade ago, I never would have considered myself to be a history buff, thanks to lots of boring classes in school. Today as a homeschool mom, however, history has become a passion of mine because it really is true that if you don’t know about the past, you’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
Do the research yourself. I promise you, you will never look at school the same way again.
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