................... Posted September 13, 2012 Share Posted September 13, 2012 I consider myself a fairly strict parent. I have trained my children to obey, from early on. I certainly am not and was not as consistent as I could wish, but my children are usually obedient, and they understand what is expected, in general. But they don't stay on task too well. As I type, it's Cleaning Day and they are taking turns sucking up objects, hair, animals, and skin with the the mini vacuum. They are rolling on the floor, my Aspie son is drooling and there is much silliness in general. (Pause while I go deal with this.) Lately JOanne Calderwood's articles have been on my mind, since she's a HOmeschool Enrichment columnist. EVERY.SINGLE.ARTICLE. champions her wonderful success of self education. I've even read her book "I'm the Mom, I don't Have to KNow Calculus" and I've even tried her Homeschool STUDENT Planner (as in, each child plans his own work starting from 3rd grade.) I even tried this for about 4 months. All it did was make me very mad all the time. Her kids don't have a schedule, they check their own work, they don't even have to do school at a certain time or in a certain place. They generally have a quiet schoolwork time each day but as the kids get older they have the freedom to fit their schooling in when they desire. ??? I mean, my kids would spend their whole lives talking and giggling to each other. They have no concept of worrying about the future. Even my son who is very diligent, and focused, would not choose to start school on his own. If given the choice, each of them have missed out on clubs and activities because things aren't done. I'm pretty baffled about this. First of all, I think it's important for me to spend some time with my kids. I am always finding gaps in their education that need remediating or life questions that need discussing. And I like spending a little time with them each day. But I wonder....is it really better for kids to take ownership of their entire education at 3rd grade? Am I holding my kids back from having true initiative and personal drive? Or should there be a balance? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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