I attended some really great workshops at the homeschool conference this year. I think my favorite would have to be “Dismantling the Inner School” with Author and homeschool father David Albert.
Mr. Albert spoke about some of the things that we are programmed to believe in public school.Things about our children, ourselves and the so-called experts. During his workshop he handed out a paper with several of these myths listed and I just really had to share.
- Learning starts on the first day of school.
- You are going to miss something important(and ruin your kids for life!)
- There are “special” places for learning, “special equipment, and “special” times.
- There is someone who is more expert when it comes to your children than you are.
- If you don't learn things on time and on schedule, it doesn’t count(or worse).
- There are such creatures as average children.
- “Socialization” only happens in a group of age-restricted peers.
- What you teach is what they learn.
- You can only enjoy things you are good at.
- You should only pursue things you are good at.
- Learning is for the kids.
- Learning is all about individuals.(That is,the learning to be gained by an individual trumps community intelligence.)
- Your life outcomes will be determined by how well (or poorly) you do in school.
- School can fix everything, and if things aren’t going well,the solution is more of it.
I can tell you that I have run into,confronted and Dismantled SEVERAL of these myths in my own mind as a public educated person. I’d love to know if any of these myths have affected your homeschool?How did you dismantle these myths for yourself?