Homeschooling seems like such a novel idea, but it’s not.
Up until about 160 years ago, it’s all there ever was. Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school attendance laws in 1852 and it was an honest attempt to educate the poor.
Government school should be where you go when there’s no other alternative, but instead it’s become where we send all of our children, unless of course we can afford to send them off to private school where there are simply fewer guidelines, which is good.
What’s really troubling are the studies I’ve been reading lately that suggest that our universities aren’t really doing much for the minds of our young people.
A rich guy out in California has recently awarded $100,000 scholarships to the brightest of high school graduates to not go to college, but to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The USA has been suffering lately when it comes to global competition. Our schools are inadequate and we all know it. Public education is yet another elephant in the room.
America used to mean:
Working hard while dreaming of a better future
Being independent, and, drum roll please…
Homeschool, in its modern sense, represents the ideals upon which America was founded, and that, in a nut shell, is FREEDOM. It allows for any pace and aptitude. It is freedom to get up when you want, eat what you want, learn mostly what you want, spend some time learning the basic three r’s and the rest of the time following your dreams. It means jumping on the trampoline or riding your bike in circles if it facilitates listening. It doesn’t mean getting up at 6am, getting in trouble if you’re late and possibly fined. It doesn’t mean fitting into a mold, being compared to other students, judged against a standard, or bullied to the point of suicide.
Now – most of us are dependent on something, and that something is most often – the “Government,” also known as, our neighbors. The “Government” cares for our children all day at “school.” The “Government” pays for our roads, our crops, our loans (our homes), our defense, our safety, and even for our health. I think our founding fathers would be confounded by all of this.
America has prospered because of her forward thinking, her renegade entrepreneurs, her creativity… wait, let me rephrase and clear my throat… We have prospered because of our forward thinking, our renegade entrepreneurs, our creativity, our diversity, our desire and ability to be the best.
Where have we gone wrong?
As parents we cringe at the idea of sending our children to the local public school, but we think it’s all we can do. I challenge you to reconsider.
Thomas Jefferson was a believer in public/government education, which was a relatively new concept. He was a brilliant forward thinker who knew that an educated population was the only type of population prepared to vote. Yes, all men and women deserve to be educated- and for that we developed a minimum called public education. My beloved Mr. Jefferson knew that we needed to educate everyone. And indeed, I wholeheartedly agree.
But those of us who can educate to the content of Education’s desire, who can be free enough to read poetry all day, who can stop and splash in the rain, who can let creativity happen when the muse appears – we need to do this for America’s sake.
We’ve never succumbed to conformity before as the likes of today. Before these days of instant communication, screens, and standardized testing, everybody kind of had their own thing going on. People read Shakespeare, played Yahtzee and Scrabble, and didn’t know what kind of jeans were cool.
My assertion is that homeschooling is going to produce the future citizens who will bring America back into her prime, and I’m proud to be in the infantry.
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
— Thomas Jefferson