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The truth about homeschooling

The truth about homeschooling Posted on May 20, 2012Leave a comment

So I made this over achieving announcement on my Facebook page about how I wouldn’t blog until I finished X number of homework assignments.

Fail.

All that did was kill my creative juice.  For the first time in my life I was struggling to write a Research paper! So here is my attempt to get those juices flowing.  Of course this may also be my way of avoiding my Accounting class.  In which case this is the litany that comes to mind…

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.  
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. 
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. 
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

Moving out of our 5 bedroom house to the outskirts of town onto a ranch, has some people thinking I’m weird.  Weird for wanting to offer my kiddos something different from what my own education ended up teaching me…

The result has been liberating.  There is a shift in our priorities.  I can hear myself think.  It feels like a test of character…

http://famous-quotes-of-world.blogspot.com/2010/07/true-test-of-character.html

“The true test of character is not

how much we know how to do,

but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” 

John Holt

The truth is we are all homeschooling because we found the definitions that work for others DO NOT work out for our family.

Our kids are different individuals.

Instead of tearing each other down for who is homeschooling and who is not… for who is homeschooling and using a rewards system or who is radically unschooling.  Let us just say, Respect mine & I will respect yours.  In our home this works for us.

I’m glad your parenting/ homeschool style works for you.  The only people I need to hold myself accountable to, are the adults my children will become.  But I want to leave you with a thought.

When you criticize the values and beliefs of another, you are expressing your own fears.  In that moment you discredit the foundation of freedom you profess to stand on.  

 

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