Homeschooling keeps parents actively in the loop of their child’s educational development. The advancements of our society have streamlined the delivery of services of all of its institutionalized branches. As a result, there is a striking similarity in the design of the school systems, in comparison to hospitals and correctional centers, and it is no coincidence that the systems are often interlinked.
The focus of the school environments today is mainly on statistical results, related to test scores and attendance rates. School percentiles against national averages is the now driving force behind the production of results. Okay, so, where does the child fit in?
Well, the children are technically enlisted to meet and maintain that school’s grade, in addition to gaining an education. The children are essential to the goal of meeting the school district’s quota in student body, performance and essential statistical data to help that institution rank high in the United States. Oftentimes, our schools are able to provide stellar environments of learning for our children, above and beyond these added competitive elements. However, it is oftentimes not without the need to generalize and streamline the approaches of educators to lesson delivery, in order to get the job done on time.
In light of the colorful individuality of each child, many parents – who can afford to provide alternatives – have turned to home-school education for their child, to foster an enriched educational environment customized to their child’s growth and development needs. Public and private educational environments are just not equipped to dedicate 8 hours of hands-on, one-to-one, specialized lessons for each child. They may try, but they will not be able to do it for every student’s needs.
Parents just do not want to miss out on the preciousness of their child’s most formative years. The decision to home-school stems from wanting to, and knowing that you can, be the most influential person for your child during their most influential and impressionable years. This is precious to parents who choose to sacrifice and home-school their children.
Parents who want to home-school also do not want their children to have an institutionalized approach to life and other people. They do not want their children to grow with the understanding that they can only function and produce results amongst their peers of the same age, size and educational level. They want their children to experience life – life with the generations around them, to live life benefiting, simultaneously, from the young and the old. A life of education outside of the institutions, whether it be the schools, the hospitals or the jails, is a life of learning one’s natural place within the many stratospheres of family and society life.
Non-institutionalized learning – in its proper and most effective mode – is the learning that gives children creativity beyond boundaries. When parents foster this growth in their own children, their children can maximize the opportunity to develop and excel in their natural creativity. This is important to the conscientious homeschooling parent.
Parents choose homeschooling – and it has grown in its popularity – because they realize that it can be done. Many parents find that their children cannot find their place in the classrooms chosen for them, whether it is a difficulty in a course, a bully at school, or just the inability to gain a certain level of comfortability. The standardized environment is just not a standard suited for all.
Parents can see, and feel within their hearts, that they have to do something to assist their child through the many passive rites of passage of life. The institutions may not be able to recognize a child’s transition periods, nor the need for the child to switch learning styles along the way. Children are extremely resilient and flexible, but they need to have stability and strength in a foundation to leap off of and bounce back to. Parents, who can, act and do what they can, to have their child grow and come of age in an environment that they do not have to find their place in. Their place is already known, in the positive-reinforcing home. This, too, is very, very important to the parent who decides to home-school.
It is from the heart, and it is the heart of the child that the parent watches, everyday, board the bus and drive away. It is the desire to keep that heart close, to nurture it and comfort it, and educate it out of love. Education is approached, within the institutions, as a means of educating the mind. However, it is the heart that comprehends what the mind knows. It is important, to the parent who can afford to home-school, to cultivate what their child learns so that it is comprehended properly in the heart. Actively cultivating their children’s hearts, these parents want to develop their children so that their bodies move through the earth, not as institutionalized products of education, but as wholesome human beings with good, compassionate hearts.