Schooling is top of mind at the moment. Call me crazy but I really think that sending my child to a regular school, even though it would give me time during the day to pursue my own interests, is not on the cards for us.
The only sane reasoning I can see for making such a decision is based on recent (last 10 years) happenings and how they have impacted the way I look at life.
A long time ago I had a little baby. When she was only 6 months old she suddenly and unexpectedly became unwell. The next 7 months of her life and her subsequent sudden and unexpected death destroyed my faith in the medical profession forever. It also permanently altered my belief in all things mainstream. I am now skeptical about doing anything that is advocated as the “normal” way to do it. I also question when I hear such things as “but that’s how everyone does it”. Just because everyone does it a particular way, doesn’t automatically mean it’s right.
This way of thinking led to my next child being born at home with a midwife as our birth attendant rather than a doctor, no vaccinations, and a homeopath as our first port of call when somebody in the family is unwell.
My little boy, who is almost 3 is active, boisterous, strong-willed and very friendly with everyone he meets (he says hello to every person we pass when we go for walks on the beach). And my husband and I have decided that we are going to homeschool him.
We decided years ago that we liked the idea of homeschooling – after a trip to Europe – the idea of travelling and learning about the world first hand seemed so natural and fun – why be subjected to sitting in a classroom for 12 years just because that’s the way it’s “supposed” to be done.
In years gone by, children were tutored at home either by themselves or with siblings or neighbours. It seems unnatural to divide children into classes based on their age because children learn at different speeds and are drawn to different subjects.
Sitting children in a classroom for 30+ weeks a year for 12 years indoctrinates them to be the ideal candidate for a world where you go to a job Monday to Friday and think that is normal. 12 years at school, 4-6 years at University, 40 years in a job, when does that leave you with time to actually live your life and enjoy it?
That’s not the kind of life I want for my child. I want my little boy to continue to embrace life with all the enthusiasm he has shown so far.
So in keeping with my penchant for alternatives, I’m really interested in un-schooling – although I’d prefer to use a term such as “child-led learning” and I just discovered this great site about un-schooling at “Why Unschool“, written by two people who were unschooled themselves.
But if you want something really eye-opening, then here is a great video to leave you with a different perspective to schooling: