If you wanted to teach, why didn’t you go to college and become a real teacher.
When I read those words on a fellow homeschooler’s facebook page… I saw red. This Monday will mark the very first day of homeschool for this mommy, and her family is attacking her. It’s funny isn’t it, how the very people who should love and support you in all your endeavors, family usually are the ones who find the lowest blows to throw. In this case, it was an aunt. Here is my humble opinion on this subject.
What is this other person’s investment in your childs education?
By virtue of the fact that you are her parent and have vested interest in her outcome, whereas a public educator does not.. I implore you to disregard the ill mannered people who speak against your choice.
As the parent, we have a vested interest in the outcome of our child(ren)’s education. We seek to impart morals, knowledge, and we do so in order to see our child become a successful adult.
A public educator, while many are wonderful loving people, has no vested interest in your child. Your child will pass through their class and either fail or pass. The teacher in general may like your child, but can a teacher love your child in the way that you do as the parent? To suggest they could is absurd.
No teacher is capable of understanding, loving, or even teaching your child better than you the parent could!
What is the public educators job?
The job at hand in a school setting today is to communicate a set of given facts to a group of students. The students then in turn must turnabout and regurgitate said facts onto a bubble sheet which will be scanned and assessed how well that child retained said facts. They take this test after weeks of intense coaching…..honestly, I could coach any 8 year old of average intelligence to pass a geometry exam if I spent as much time shoving it down their pretty little throats as public educators do. Also be reminded, these teachers know in advance exactly which concepts are to be on the test, and so they hyperfocus on these.
I would compare that to a parent who wished to teach their child to read, and so they read the same book to them for 50 minutes everyday for 3 months, and then assigned them to “practice reading it” every night for another hour…..it is very likely that child could repeat that book….but could that child READ THAT BOOK? NO! The child is simply regurgitating the memorized information.
As homeschoolers we have the unique ability to educate our children. There is a difference you know. We don’t simply teach them to parrot off facts from a list of common core standards. We teach them so much more and even beyond that we give them experiences of their own instead of simply requiring them to read the stories of other people’s. Certainly we read of other’s experiences, those are important as well, but we are so much more equipped to understand things when we are able to recreate them in an active manner. How do we recreate them? In so many ways! We can stargaze and learn how the constellations guided slaves such as Harriet Tubman as they traveled under the cover of darkness along the underground railroad. We can teach them the songs which were sang that contained the secret messages which also helped guide them. We can practice being pioneers by “going off the grid” for a few days and roughing it with no electricity. We can go to historical re enactments, we can do so many many more things that publicly schooled children are never able to do.
Homeschool mom….take heart this morning and know that you are a real teacher. You were their first and God given teacher. You are more than adequate to teach your child.