- have a 40-hour work-week
- require them to memorize merely for the sake of passing a test
- force them to choose their friends based on the grade/age/zoning they are in
- give them a black and white process of learning
- create a resentment or aversion to education
I can’t knock any one educational system. There are pros and cons to each. It’s easy to point out the bad (public school kids can get lost in the crowd, private school is too expensive, homeschoolers are lost in the Little House on the Prairie). However, I don’t want to lay the groundwork that we’re choosing a new path because everyone else is wrong. This is exactly the message I’d be mortified for my kids to think. Let me tell you this – education is NOT the bad guy.
We are choosing a lifestyle that works for us. I think, ultimately, we’d all like to have this for our kids. This is what we do want for our girls:
- an ability to think outside of the box
- a desire to learn, always
- understanding on how to find an answer for themselves
- ease in interacting with people of all ages/creed/ability/ethnicity
- confidence in who they are and who they aspire to be
For us, the path is clear. We’re forging our own path. We’re not sure where it’s going to take us, but we want to learn with our children. We want to give them the tools to live up to everything they want to, and we want to teach them not merely for the sake of education, but because learning is fun and makes life sweeter. This is what it’s all about. Welcome to our journey – we’ll all learn along the way!