Early on in my homeschooling adventures, I came across this piece of advice, “Live as though school doesn’t exist.”
Well, I can’t really subscribe to that. I mean, I get where they are coming from – especially from a deschooling perspective.
But the thing is, school does exist. And I’m a realist. So I can’t live like it isn’t there.
Instead, I live like school doesn’t matter. Cuz it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter in the same way that the bus system doesn’t matter. It’s there. A lot of people use it. It’s great that it’s there. And in some situations I would use it (like I used it when I lived in Wisconsin). But when I’m not using it, and I don’t need it, it doesn’t matter. I drive the way I drive whether the bus system exists or not.
So, we educate our kids like we do whether school was there or not. We don’t have any problem that it’s there. And we don’t have any problem with the people who use them. And we are cool with the fact that we have to wait for kids to get out of school before we can play.
School does exist, we know about it, and we see how it works. But, our lives don’t involve school, just like it doesn’t involve the bus system. Yet, we still manage to get around pretty good, one way or another. And nobody seems to notice that we don’t use the bus, or that we don’t go to school.