In an election season where we have seen numerous examples of corruption, narcissism, poor ethics, and megalomania, it reinforces for me that I am so glad I have taken control of my children’s education back from the government. I trust that my husband and I know what is better for our children’s education than people with power, money, and agendas at stake.
Dr. Ken Robinson states in Creative Schools: “One of my deepest concerns is that while education systems around the world are being reformed, many of these reforms are being driven by political and commercial interests that misunderstand how real people learn and how great schools actually work. As a result, they are damaging the prospects of countless young people.” Dr. Robinson also delivered the most watched talk in history of TED called “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
I am excited and grateful to be part of the contemporary homeschooling movement. We are a grassroots movement of families creating innovative, entrepreneurial, and customized educational programs for our children. In addition to solid academics, our kids are learning in such a wide variety of environments that just can’t be replicated with brick-and-mortar schools. The joy and creativity bursting from them is powerful and gives me such hope for the contributions they will make in the future for our world! Innovators and creators are in great demand in this 21st-century economy!
“If parents understood that they are responsible for their children’s education in the same way that they are responsible for their feeding, housing, and clothing, we would see far more attention given to the content and structure of educational programs.”–Ron Paul in The School Revolution
In his book advocating homeschooling, The School Revolution, Ron Paul points out that parents have resisted the idea the state should seek to take over the expense of feeding, housing, and clothing of children. “But this sense of stigma has not been associated with the public funding of education. Parents have surrendered direct control over the content and structure over their children’s education.”
I can’t imagine a more exciting time than now to homeschool! With so many classes, groups, programs and activities available, it seems unmatched as the most superior way for a child to learn. Additionally, there are many personalized options available on the internet for free or very affordably. Some of the best teachers and universities in the world are providing their courses and content at no cost. With a tremendous free market of options, a cutting-edge, customized education is available for so many homeschoolers.
“Some features of conventional schools have little to do with learning and can actively get in the way of it. The revolution we need involves rethinking how schools work and what counts as school. It’s also about trusting in a different story about education.”–Dr. Ken Robinson in Creative Schools
If it is on your heart to regain control of your children’s education, then I suggest you find a local homeschool group in your area. Facebook is a great place to start. I also highly recommend you read The School Revolution by Ron Paul. I have read it many times and consider it the most important homeschooling book in my library. Your decision to homeschool could be one of the best and most important of your life!
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