Musings on education (and a mind-blowing video)
Perhaps you've noticed that there has been a brief stoppage around here. Those of you who have been with me for a while know that when nothing appears to be happening at Parent Hacks, something big is probably going down offline.
I find myself in the empowering but uncomfortable place of weighing my kids' educational choices for next year. Currently, we homeschool my son and my daughter attends the neighborhood public school. Our plan has been to send Luke back to public school for 6th grade and beyond (Mimi's doing well at her school). But a few things have happened in the last couple weeks to cause me to reevaluate that plan, or at least to pause and determine if it still fits.
All is well, in fact, as well as ever. My 11 year-old son is transforming into an independent young man before my eyes. My wise, sprite-like daughter continues to see beauty and wonder in the unlikliest of places. But a year and a half of homeschooling has opened my eyes to how an individualized education can look. I see the constraints put upon good teachers by large class sizes and financially-strapped school systems. I find myself wondering, at the end of the year, what's best for my kids.
These last couple of weeks have been a flurry of meetings, phone calls, emails, conversations and research. And lots of sitting and thinking. The process of getting this stuff straight in my head seems to push everything else out for a little while, hence why things have been quiet here. It's good stuff, though, and rather than stay silent until I've "figured it out," I thought that it would be a great opportunity to share with you all and hear your thoughts and experiences. Not so much because I want you to solve this for me, but because I'm sure I'm not the only one with questions, and it feels good to hear what other people are thinking.
In the end, we all have to make the decisions that are right for our families, our kids, and our particular lives. But at least we can talk about it.
Food for thought; this absolutely amazing video of Sir Ken Robinson's talk on the education system, and why he believes it's not working for many of today's kids. I don't agree with everything he says, but I absolutely respect his point -- and they way it's delivered...well, it's an example of how creative education can be.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
How are things going for your kids in school? When you look back on your own education, what do you appreciate, and what do you wish you could change?
Related: Homeschooling: Why we do it