Homeschoolers Being Prepared for the Real World

Oh, for being prepared to handle the real world. What is the real world anyway? And how do we really prepare for it? How do we prepare for a visit to another country? How do we prepare for the real world of parenthood? How do we prepare for the reality of losing a loved one?

The whole focus on the “real world”, and how to prepare for it, is absurd. Yet, here we are, in a society that’s obsessed with whether our children will be ready for it. Instead of focusing on the reality that is already here, we’re too busy preparing, as a culture, to see how important the now really is.

Here’s a discussion about this topic, and some really good commentary.

On preparing children for the real world by making them go to school all day, by Gentlemaitresse:

If we were to make this kind of prediction for school children, we could easily say that they won’t be prepared to be on a board of directors because they do not practice parliamentary procedure in the classroom each day. We could say that they will be unable to compete in sports because a professional athelete must work out in the gym for hours each day.

People forget that children are children, and their needs are different from those of adults. While we want to keep the goal in mind (of preparing them for adulthood), that is vastly different from treating them as if they are already adults who can sit still and write notes all day.

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5 Responses to “Homeschoolers Being Prepared for the Real World”

  1. Sunnymom Says:

    I don’t understand why folks don’t realize that most homeschoolers aren’t just ‘preparing’ to live in the real world- we are living in it every day! What’s to ‘prepare’ for?

    BTW, what does traditional schooling prepare kids to do? Attend Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? Star in a John Hughes movie?

    It just occurred to me that bathroom walls were the MySpace of the past few decades. :p

    Considering how many people view school, especially high school, as the worst time period of their lives, made up songs about murdering their teachers and blowing up the school (which would get kids expelled and even arrested today), and complain incessantly about how they never use Algebra or Geometry IRL, they sure are excited about inflicting that misery on others.

  2. Sheri Says:

    Bahahahaha…”start in a John Hughes movie?” Great one Sunnymom.

    I have to agree that will bitch and complain about their high school experience and then at the same time question someone’s decision to homeschool. Well, d’uh!

  3. Karen Joy Says:

    Hahahaha!! I love Sunnymom’s comments.

    “People forget that children are children, and their needs are different from those of adults. “ This is so true.

    And while the world needs the sort that do attend endless meetings and effectively take notes, there’s a whole lot of the Real World that doesn’t require that skill set.

    I’ve been wondering if, perhaps, that the future of the creative force in the U.S. will be led by homeschoolers. Institutionalism is such a squelcher of the creativity and inventiveness which has driven the success of this country since before it was a country, and it appears to me that that force is in danger of disappearing.

    BTW, Tammy, have you read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods? It is much along the same lines of this post: The needs of children are not the same as the needs of adults, and we need to let them develop in the way that is effective for them, not just test them to death.

  4. Dana Says:

    Nice thoughts. Now I’m going to go off an ponder what this real world really is and how schools prepare for it.

    And maybe see if I can at all link that to Sesame Street’s warning that its vintage shows are not for kids anymore.

  5. Principled Discovery » Sesame Street not for “today’s preschool child” Says:

    […] over at Just Enough, and Nothing More is discussing the real world and how homeschooling relates.  I have spent some time pondering what […]


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