Why Home School? What's Your Goal?

Your Goal as a Home School Parent: Raising Giants

Why home school? Well, what's the main thing you'd like to see in your child when he finishes school? Patriotism? Honesty? Respect for God and for authority? A deep desire to learn and the ability to search out the truth? To know how to do a job well? Self-confidence? These are all qualities they can learn in home school situations. But the public schools rarely teach these things. Sometimes not even reading and writing, especially since the federal government has taken over so much of education. Common Core has become a common enemy; even teachers hate it. What can you do? Home school!

If you are thinking about starting to home school, or are already doing it, you may have run up against the establishment––those folks running the school system who think they know everything. They'll tell you that you can't teach your child as well as they can. After all, they've got the experts, the curriculum, and all the money. So why do I think that you can teach better than they can? 

Here's why you can be your child's best teacher, if you try. [My story]

My seven year-old brother taught me how to read when I was four. When he got off the bus, we would play school and he taught me what he had learned that day.  Our grade school was a one-room country school with eighteen to twenty kids, eight grades, a full-time teacher and a part-time teacher who came in the mornings. Just think of it: one teacher, twenty students, eight grades. It was like a great big home school, capable of building giants! The books in our school library (6 shelves) were mainly classics and reference books. No computers, cellphones, or Internet. We had wall maps, blackboard, a globe, piano, a large stage, and a kitchen stove. When our feet were wet, we would open the oven door and sit with our feet propped on it. Our teacher taught phonics and the basics. We used the stage to put on programs for the community. Everyone helped every other one. Here's a photo of us on the merry-go-round our fathers put up.

We didn't have much in the way of extras, not like they do today, but when I got to high school, teachers would say, "You must have gone to a country school." That was because I could read and write, diagram sentences, knew a ton of geography and history, could speak to an adult or to a group, and had no problem teaching someone else. Country school kids didn't merge into the crowd. The high school teachers could tell which students had gone to country schools. Teachers today can spot the kids who have been home schooled. They stand out in excellence. They are the leaders of tomorrow!

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