Learning -- Family Style! (Part 1)
- Monday, May 20, 2002
Any family that has taken the step to home school is well on their way to providing their child a great education; but beyond that, home schooling can be the means for preserving and enhancing a strong family life.
Some of you may be aware of our motto: "Making learning an all-the-time, whole-family, life-long endeavor." Our motto is intended to encourage parents (and students) to think and go against the grain. We are attempting to provide a stark contrast to the way things are done in modern institutional schools. When we speak at home-school events, we many times ask our audience how many of the parents in attendance were home schooled. Rarely do we get more than a handful of respondents. In many cases, there are none. Most of us as home-schooling parents today attended institutional (public or private) schools for our education. So for us it is often difficult to think about education looking any differently than the pre-school, K-12, then college to career progression.
Yet, while this progression is the norm in our society today, we rather strongly believe that its
not necessarily the most efficient process of education. It certainly doesnt enhance the family in any way. It also is not the best way for children to learn socialization (contrary to popular belief).
Learning Spiral or Learning Tree?
It is our humble opinion that participation together in family education is a much better model of learning. What evidence do we have of this? Well, first, theres our own experience of raising five children who love learning and use their minds to love God. Then theres the fact that God designed the family around the father and mother. (Understandably there are homes with only one parent - in this case, God provides added grace.)
Psalm 128 expresses this model of family when it says that "Your wife will be like a fruitful vine. Your children like olive branches around your table. Behold that thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord." It is not too much of a stretch to believe that one of the things going on around your table, Dad, is learning.
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