ElizaG Posted March 20, 2012 Share Posted March 20, 2012 To Andrew Kern -- I'm so glad you're here! :) I have a question... In the "Good to Great" talk, Dr. Taylor spoke of the child "creeping like snail unwillingly to school." He suggested that this was an important rite of passage, and that homeschooling -- while necessary in the present circumstances -- wasn't ideal in this respect. This reminded me of something. Perhaps you have some ideas to share about it. As mothers, we're inclined to want to make everything enjoyable for the children. I think this is partly because it's a familiar way to show our love for them, and partly because it's often easier and more appealing for us, too. So we have an interesting situation going on, in that some very traditionally minded homeschoolers are going about things in a way that would only be seen at the most extreme progressivist brick & mortar schools. Loungewear and lessons on the couch; changing curriculum when it starts to seem tedious; adding or dropping subjects to suit the child's desires; spontaneously taking days or weeks off to pursue projects; etc. My eldest are 6 and 8 -- right around the snail-like schoolboy's age :) -- so this is a timely issue for our family right now. Some people take the position that the specific content and skills are what we need to get across, but I'm starting to think that the context is at least as important. Not just the relationship between the teacher and the student (which we all acknowledge as something irreplaceable), but also the outer structure such as location, schedule, sitting and listening, standing and doing oral recitations, and so on. I get the sense that these aren't just trappings, but are somehow important to the whole business, both for sensory development and for the formation of habits. This isn't to say that we should set up our house as a copy of P.S. 23, or build a replica of Plato's Academy in the back yard. ;) But (at the risk of being pilloried by those who believe that homeschooling is ideal in every way), are there possibly some disadvantages to too much flexibility, too much individualization, too much comfy-casualness... too much mom? And if so, how do we get around this? 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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