On a long road drive this past week my husband and I listened to some cd's from the 2008 NYS LEAH convention. The speaker was excellent (whose name I cannot recall and the cd's are in the van so I'll get back to you with that)! He was speaking about A Thomas Jefferson Education and conveyor belt educations, which you can also read more about here.My husband was floored, loved the info he was hearing and looked at me in amazement and said, "Have you heard this before?" I guess I didn't look as awestruck, even though I loved what I was hearing.
Yes, I have.
One thing I tell my husband often is that I could not parent so fully or educate our kids without the support of the homeschool community around me (love you all!) or the online support of like minded folks who understand the WHY behind home education.
For my husband, this whole idea was new because, to be truthful, he is a mans man. He doesn't read blogs with hearts or country ducks floating across the top of the page. He'll kindly humor me and read everything I pass on to him but I've yet to find a pro-home education blog directed at men that's done well. Do you know of any? He is however, very pro home education, even more so now.
I think one reason Sean loves this idea of being off the conveyor belt of education is that he spent much hard earned money for many, many college classes that he has not used once. He took programming classes and spent many years providing for our family by being a computer programmer but he learned more on the job and on his own than he did in college. And now, even with the housing market so slow and his business being directly tied to the market, he provides well for his household with wisdom and knowledge completely unrelated to his "formal" education.
I'm not bashing every school or every college, as I haven't seen them all, and I'm very glad my MD got her MD and has the knowledge to keep tabs on my health.
Sean and I have talked about and agreed upon the idea of teaching our children a trade as they get older, giving them something to always have as a way to provide for their families. If they want to go to a university, they'll be able to work a job more than flippin' burgers to pay for it.
One thing I highly recommend new homeschoolers to do is NOT copy how public or private schools teach. I've been in homes with the American flag hanging from the wall for the kids to stand and say the pledge to, desks lined up facing the front of a makeshift dining room turned classroom with a teacher's (mom's) desk up front. Home education is, can be, so much more! If the methods schools use were working, national test scores and the national drop-out rate wouldn't be so low. So we pull our kiddos from that environment and then duplicate it in our home, often times using curriculum designed for a conveyor belt education! It is a burr in my backside, so don't mind my soapbox for today. I really love you all. Even if you have a flag waving in the breeze of your living room.
I was so bored in school. I hated most of it. I annoyed my teachers by asking "how" I was going to use this information in real life. I stayed because that's what good girls did, right? My saving grace was being able to enter a nursing course between ages 16-18, doing that half a day and high school the other half. My schooling years took place in private Christian, public and state schools so I've seen a bit of it all. Ho-hum. Not impressed. To my mother's credit, she did ask me if I wanted to be homeschooled one year in high school. My only "view" of a homeschooler at that time was a socially awkward girl who wore very matchy outfits and matchy hats in pastel colors so my answer was an emphatic "no".
So check out those books, re-think your child's education and have a great night!