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Maybe It’s Time for Home Schooling
Larry and I both went to public school. We have no children, so school is not an issue for us personally, but with the question of the safety of returning students to schools—public or private—in the time of covid-19, homeschooling leaped into my mind as a solution.
I’m not talking about parents providing the public school curriculum online. I’m talking about homeschooling, which is something else altogether.
If I were a parent, I would homeschool my children, because I would prefer him or her to be taught my lifely viewpoint. This actually brings to mind that I should put on my list writing some lifely curriculum for homeschooling parents.
There are so many sources of information for homeschooling I’m not going to give any here. I have no experience with homeschooling so I’m not an expert. But just type “homeschooling” into your favorite search engine and you will find a lot of resources.
Just this morning when I was on Nextdoor.com and there was an announcement looking for children to participate in neighborhood homeschooling.
We may be evolving to this. Some schoolteachers could self-employ themselves to homeschool small neighborhood classes.
I’m sure a lot of new ideas will emerge for education structure now that the need is arising.
When Larry and I visited Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, we noticed a quote on a wall that said that he was in favor of public school so all children could be educated to be good citizens. I found more online about his commitment to education.
Jefferson understood that freedom depends on self-government: the cultivation of self-reliance, courage, responsibility, and moderation. Education contributes to both the knowledge and virtues that form a self-governing citizen. By proposing a bill in Virginia that would have established free schools every five to six square miles, Jefferson sought to teach “all children of the state reading, writing, and common arithmetic.” With these skills, a child would become a citizen able to “calculate for himself,” “express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts,” and “improve, by reading, his morals and faculties.”
We agree every child needs to be taught the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. I wish also schools would teach basic life skills like how to manage your personal finances and how to manage a home. How to cook (when I was in school we had Home Ec classes and we did learn to cook and sew, but no more).
My parents actually taught me to read when I was four years old, which caused quite a havoc when I was required by law to register for kindergarten. They actually put me in first grade because I could read, which made me a year younger than my classmates all through school.
Anyway, education is needed. We can certainly be self-reliant and self-determined about this instead of simply accepting the default industrial education.