Homeschooling -- Quality Education Restored
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Parenting
Homeschooling is the choice of many parents today who find that what
they are looking for in education has become very difficult if not
impossible to find in the government schools. In the homeschool their
children's education can be once more directed according to the
family's desires and values.
All too often education in government schools is more about
teachers and their security than it is about properly training young
minds and motivating the intellect of the next generation. Indeed,
unlike most non-government careers, mere time can lock in a bad
government schoolteacher for a lifetime. And experience has shown that
the best way to sour young minds on education is to force incompetent
teachers on them.
At best, both the content and the quality of the teaching methods
used in the government schools, in terms of what we value as important,
are severely outdated.
Needs and Resources
Children's basic needs haven't changed. A broad background in what
has been called "cultural literacy" is essential to becoming mature,
responsible, productive adults, who contribute solutions to ongoing
social and individual problems.
The foundations of early social, physical, and mental needs are
laid in the first seven years -- and a well-designed homeschool
curriculum provides the structure and the content to help children
develop most. A good lesson plan is important, and the Internet can
provide many curriculum suggestions. A search of "homeschool curricula"
will point you to many excellent resources.
Additionally, software is now available that puts the power of your
computer to work, automating and integrating many of the latest
innovations in education with proven traditional methods, saving you,
the parent, much time, and providing your students with accelerated
learning tools which will serve them for a lifetime -- helping them
learn faster, remember longer, and actually enjoy the learning
experience. A search for "learning systems" or "accelerated learning
systems" will point to some excellent and inexpensive resources.
Set up successes for your children by assessing where they are,
meeting them there, and then proceeding at a pace that is comfortable
but challenging for each child.
Home schooling produces great success for many students, but it
works best when the parents understand that they too are learners and
that learning is a family occupation. As with any human activity,
learning is an ongoing process. Research has consistently shown that
those engaged in some form of lifelong learning are happier, live
longer, and are more engaged in life.
To meet the competitive imperatives of speed, global
communications, and the need to innovate constantly, lifelong learning
will be critical, and the well-planned homeschool can best prepare
today's generation for these challenges.
Learning is truly "the gift that gives for a lifetime."