Traditional Schooling Is Nothing More Than “Educational” Multitasking

Did you ever notice how everyone today seems to be singing the praises of multitasking? Articles, blogs, and books are completely dedicated to the “art” of doing several things at once as if it were actually a good thing.

I beg to differ.

Gone are the days of considering multitasking to be something as simple as answering the phone or changing the baby’s diaper while making dinner. If only that were the case.

Today’s adult population seems to be obsessed with accomplishing as many different things at once as humanly possible. Mothers who are sitting at their daughters’ dance classes can be found simultaneously talking on the phone, making out their shopping list, and working on a proposal for work (all while they’re supposed to be watching their daughters dance.)

Homeschool parents (yeah, we’re guilty, too!) have made “phoneschooling” a new homeschooling method. Rather than focusing on, you know, educating our kids, you’ll find us checking our email, scheduling appointments, folding laundry, and helping our kids with math all at the same time. We’re amazing! Except for when our kids get the answers wrong because we actually failed to look at the whole problem. (Yup. That’s a personal example. I have totally done that.)

Multitasking is not a good thing

And let’s not forget those drivers who are simply too important to wait until they get to their destination, or at least pull over, to answer a text message. (And in the process run red lights and cause more than their share of fender benders from time to time.)

It’s insane!

For some reason, today’s world believes that it’s far, far better to get several things done at once – albeit quite shoddily – than to focus on only one thing at a time (and actually get it done properly.)

I realized today that the same thing holds true for education.

Stop doing too many things at once.

And that’s nothing to be proud of.

In this era, we live in a world of distractions. A world of never giving our full attention to any one thing – even our own children. How can this be a good thing?

How?

The reason I referenced “traditional schooling” in the title and not specifically public schooling is because this multitasking mindset can happen anywhere – in the public, private, and homeschooling arenas.

What does it look like, you might be asking? Well, pretty much exactly like a typical school day looks today: a focus on learning many things briefly and shallowly (through subject-based learning) without ever allowing for intentional, deep learning.

The education our children need is not a multitasking education (which I should point out is actually “schooling” and not education.) Children, teens, and even adults need the opportunity to delve deeply into topics they find interest in or that they have a purpose to know about. Learning about 8 to 10…sometimes more…subjects a year for over a decade is not what education is about.

That, my friends, is about distraction.

And isn’t that what multitasking really is? A series of distractions that hold us back from ever truly giving meaningful attention to any one thing?

I’m sorry, but that just isn’t the way to be prepared for living in a world of meaning. That’s not what I want for my kids, and you shouldn’t, either.

The time has come to fight back against the status quo and use the common sense the good Lord gave us.

Multitasking isn’t the answer. Finding passion is.

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’d like to support this ministry, consider supporting me on Patreon.

Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!

 

 

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

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