Un-Schooling World

Is the Current Education System Damaging our Kids?

I believe that the school systems as they are now can damage many kids emotionally, especially in the higher grade levels. The reason I think this is that not everyone is cut out to learn in the same way and not everyone enjoys the core subjects, plus not everyone learns the best via textbooks. For example, some may love math and totally understand it all when they are taught and this is reflected in their grades. For others, though, the basic level math skills, the foundational, may be enough, yet they are made to feel dumb by their peers if they “don’t get” the higher levels of math and if they don’t do well in their tests. Due to that, many resort to cheating on tests in order to not feel the pressure, even if they know that by cheating they are only fooling themselves. This grade system is actually very degrading to most kids! It makes the kids smart and skilled in a particular subject proud, many times to the point that they degrade those that don’t do well, and it makes the ones that “don’t get it” feel stupid. 

 

Is homeschooling the best alternative? Well, it could be, but we do need to keep in mind that many are not self-motivated individuals. However, if we do homeschooling as it originally was intended to be done, this could be a wonderful alternative. The reason I say this is because real homeschooling is all about teaching the basics - reading, writing and fundamental math, as well the basic geography and history of our country and the world (no need to go into major detail, unless they love learning about the past at that age, though). After that, we, as parents, should just allow them to lead with their interests. It could be that they love books and a particular subject, so you dive into that because they are hungry to learn. On the other hand, it might be that they are totally into dance, gymnastics, art, music, etc, and books are the farthest from their mind at that time. Being homeschooled,  they have the time to explore those interests and see if they want to pursue a career out of them. The key is help them understand that they are NOT stupid if they don’t follow the way, the plan, to get educated that the majority out there follows. Each of us are individually created and have unique minds, interests and talents with which we can bless others for the rest of our life and “work life” will not feel like a horrible burden once we get into “working age”. 

 

You may or may not agree with me on this, but this is my heart-felt opinion and wanted to put it out there for you to ponder. Let me know your thoughts on the matter, if you are inclined to do so, but without any hate-words.