What is the school mindset that so many homeschoolers want to deschool from?
That’s the question.
This is the question that homeschool families have a hard time answering for ourselves.
We know that we’re trying to leave a schooled mindset behind, but we don’t always know what it is we’re trying to leave.
So what do homeschoolers what to deschool from?
In my own experience, since I was also conventionally schooled and I also brought my kids home after my oldest finished second grade and my second finished kindergarten, I’ve learned that the following are some of the things that I had to unlearn or deschool, from my conventional education.
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What do homeschoolers want to deschool from?
- We assume kids should always be busy, be kept busy.
- We assume kids must have a constant exposure to new things.
- We assume kids need to identify in a particular grade.
- We assume kids need teachers to learn stuff.
- We assume learning comes best through lectures, textbooks, and testing.
- We assume kids need to learn certain things at certain times.
- We assume kids typically are at the same developmental level to receive knowledge bits at similar times.
- We assume kids will be interested in things we’re interested in because we’re interested in them.
- We assume we can organize learning and can create systems of learning.
- We assume teachers need to be certified.
- We assume we have to switch from role of mother to teacher dependent on what we’re discussing.
- We assume there are only certain times of the day that kids can learn.
- We assume there are only certain subjects that are considered learning.
- We assume that kids’ emotional connection & attachment can be put on hold for seven hours.
- We assume that the most important persons in a child’s life are his/her peers.
- We assume that someone else, a prescribed system, developed by the experts would know better than parents, how to advocate for an education for our children.
- We assume that children wouldn’t know how they should be educated.
- We assume that an education has to be pre-planned even for that child, that can’t just happen as they go.
- We assume that there is a certain time in life to learn and there is a certain time in life to produce.
- We assume everyone needs base knowledge.
- Or we assume there is only one way to get a base knowledge.
- We assume that base knowledge has to be learned in sequence.
- We assume that the base knowledge learned in sequence will be remembered because we tested.
- We assume that because we tested, kids know. Even if we know that they don’t care.
- We assume that imparting anything is a good done for them.
What would you add to this list: what do homeschoolers want to deschool from?
“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”.Albert Einstein
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