This Basics of Homeschooling article was sent to me in my Google alerts a few days ago. Not only does she have it on her website (is this a legit website or a SEO adsense site?), but also posted in on at least two article bank sites. Here’s my commentary on the article’s “must-haves” before homeschooling:
1) Affinity to cram the mind: Rating – bullshit. First of all, what the hell does that mean? Affinity=natural liking or attraction, cram=to fill by force more than it can easily hold or to fill with an excessive amount, mind=the human part that thinks, feels, reasons and judges. Ok, so, raise your hand out there if you are a homeschooler and you have a natural attraction to filling the part of you that thinks and feels by force with more than it can easily hold? Oh, does she mean the kids? Oh for the love of Zeus, if that’s what you plan to do when you’re homeschooling, please, turn around and go back to school.
2) Hard work and determination: Rating – it’s all in how you look at it. You don’t have to go into it prepared to dig a hole in the sun all day looking for buried treasure. And you don’t have to go into it determined to “succeed or ELSE!” Instead of saying we all need to be prepared for hard work and determination, I would say we need to be ready to work with what we have and look for the real reason for things instead of trying to push down a 6ft.-wide brick wall when we have the option to walk around it. Short and sweet: be prepared to let go of everything you thought you knew.
3) Self-discipline: Rating – Go back to school. If you need self-discipline to homeschool, you might as well go back to school. That’s where self-discipline is important. In homeschooling, self-awareness is what you need. And self-acceptance. (Also, awareness and acceptance of the kids.)
4) Time and determination: Rating – repetitive and confusing. Didn’t she already say determination? Also, what time do we need? We don’t need time to homeschool. We’re giving ourselves time by homeschooling. Time is always there. Homeschooling gives us the freedom to decide how to use that time. Everyone’s equipped with the same amount of time, so I don’t know how I can get more than anyone else to prepare for homeschooling.
5) Flexibility: Rating – Brava! She got one right! Flexibility is absolutely essential. And where is that flexibility the most necessary? In our own brains as a parent. There are many ways to solve a problem, even the big ones, like, how to get into college or how to get my kids to love learning. Flexibility to see things from beyond the small visions of what we personally accept as “right” is the biggest step to being successful as a homeschooler.
6) Eagerness: Rating – another bingo! The reason I agree with her here is that only people who want to homeschool should. If you are doing it to spite a loved one, get back at the school or to run away from responsibility of being a parent, don’t do it. Do it because you wanna do it. And it brings your family freedom and happiness. You have to want it, because you’re going to have to defend it to doubters, take responsibility for mistakes (this is a good thing, BTW), and be able to generally deal with the realities of not being able to hide behind the system. These can be tough things, but they are good things. It makes us more solid in who we are, and more focused on the things that matter.