Sunday, September 18, 2011

Homeschooling and traditional educational philosophies and methods

The thing about traditional educational philosophies and methods is that they are always changing. In fact, public schools are continually assessing their methods and finding them lacking. Public school is in a mess, there’s no question about it. Outcome based education has resulted in teacher’s teaching tests that students are quizzed on, however, real learning is lost in the process. Homeschooling has given power back to parents where they, the people who have known their children since birth (or a little later if adopted); are best equipped to institute the best teaching method for their child’s needs.

Parents quickly learn that no two children are alike; even if they grow up in the same household. Children don’t behave the same, they don’t think the same and they don’t learn the same. Most children thrive when they have the freedom to think, learn and grow in a manner, method or style that is comfortable for his or her needs. The traditional classroom setting doesn’t allow for individual learning styles and it doesn’t allow for children to move at their own pace. Instead, children are simply forced to learn what will be on their end of year tests in hopes that the teacher and schools pass and get a good grade so Uncle Sam will be well pleased.

As the homeschooling movement has continued to thrive, many home educating families have paid homage to the pioneers that have questioned and challenged public school philosophies and encouraged parents to branch out and try new educational methods. From Dr. Raymond Moore to John Holt, home education has grown and developed, enabling parents to find the best method that works for their households and their children’s individual learning styles.

Don’t feel pressured into using traditional educational philosophies, but rather research different methods such as textbook, classical education, principle approach, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, Eclectic and more. Additionally, don’t fear trial and error as many homeschooling families try several different methods before finding what works best for their children.

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