Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top 5 reasons parents give not to homeschool

In Why Do So Many Parents Think They Can’t Homeschool Their Children? Linda Dobson starts with:

I’m cutting to the chase. Many parents don’t think they can homeschool their children because their own schooling experience convinced them they’re incapable. Not directly, of course. Instead, it was part of an overall message of incapability that permeated our formative years in school.

Move on command of the school bell…move on command of the factory whistle. Don’t talk in class…don’t talk while you work. Acquiesce autonomy to the teacher…acquiesce autonomy to the boss. Don’t think you can learn on your own…don’t think you can build a better business than the one that employs you and needs your hands, not your head.

What happens? In the institution of school you learn to quietly take a place in yet more institutions. You learn that the only one who can solve a problem is an “expert” who has training you don’t. You learn not to trust yourself.

She then goes on to address the "top 5 reasons parents give not to homeschool."

If you are considering homeschooling, but are hesitant, read Linda's article.  If you know someone in that situation, send them the link.

Hat tip: Valerie Moon via Facebook

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