Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Far Would You Go?

Browsing stories about home schooling in the news pulled up this one from the other side of the world, in New Zealand: Education, patterns and predictions.

Although the main point of the article was a man who wrote a book about predicting the weather, one of the side comments caught my attention:
"...when it came time for his own children to be educated, he opted to home-school them. In the 1970s, you weren't allowed to home-school children if you permanently lived within a certain distance from a school, said Ken, If you wanted to home-school, you had to move away.With this in mind, Ken purchased a bus and decided to go bush with his family, taking them to remote areas of the East Coast and living off the land."
Just like that. 

I can't home school my kids if I live near a school? Not - oh, well, I guess I'll just send them to public school. Not - well, maybe in a few years I could handle a move. Not - maybe by the time the next kid comes along. But - okay, let's start bus shopping.

Don't think I'm telling everyone to buy a bus and move into the wilderness: I'm not. But what a powerful testimony of being willing to make sacrifices for the good of our children! 

So often, we see the first sign of trouble and look for a detour, instead of reveling in the teachable moments and the chance to show how much we value the role we have been called to fulfill. 


"The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavourable. Favourable conditions never come." - C.S. Lewis.

1 comment:

Mary@notbefore7 said...

WOW! I have often wondered what we would do if our state made it illegal or required teacher degrees, etc.

What an amazing committment.