Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wanting More

When some of us started to center our children's education at home, it was a risky thing to do. It certainly wasn't socially acceptable. Today, it may still be suspect in the eyes of some, but it's becoming more popular every year.

On one hand, that's great news! But on the other, it requires that we monitor our motivations and our methods to see if we are still as different - in the quality of education we seek for our children - as we set out to be. Is it enough to bring your children home, sit them at a desk, and register as a "home schooler" with the state? Of course not!

Check out My Greatest Fear Realized? from the CiRCE Institute:

Everything has changed now. Home education is mainstream. The publishing companies have found it marvelously profitable. The home educators insecurities have driven them to the bottom of the heap for validation.

And now I’m hearing that a “rash” of home educated kids are unable to score high enough on the ACT to get into college. ...

Do you know why home educated kids used to think better than their peers? Because there were so few professi[o]nal materials available to them. They had no option but to think.

Some new materials and technologies can be a great supplement, as long as they remain just that: a supplement to learning and thinking.

I'm excited to see a broader group of parents wanting more for their children, but I'm just as excited when I see families who already center their children's education at home and who constantly challenge themselves and their families to master the tools of learning anything.

What do you think? How do you fight the battle against complacency in your home school?

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