Monday, September 04, 2006

CWO - In "Other" Words 9/5/06


"Don't Let schooling interfere with your education." ~Mark Twain~
When my husband and I first started having children, we always assumed that when our kids got old enough they would go to school just the way that we did...by attending public school, learning their lessons during the year and going on to the next grade level at the end of the school year. And that's exactly what our first two children did...up until our oldest got into the third grade. That's we started noticing a problem that started when the school decided to switch to a new math curriculum. Our son, along with other kids in his class, was having trouble with this new curriculum so the teacher also supplemented the work with additional worksheets in the "old" style of teaching math. Unfortunately, the school made her stop the additional help and told her she could only teach from the new math curriculum regardless of whether the kids could learn it or not. We worked with the teacher and the school for the next two years regarding the issues that our son was having with this new math curriculum but to no avail. At the same time, our second son went into first grade were he did amazing...until he was about 3/4 of the way through the school year and the teacher indicated that he was working at such an accelerated pace that she'd run out of things to give him and that there was nothing else for him to work on that year.

Both of these situations seem to be examples of where schooling has gotten in the way of education. In the one case, our oldest son kept getting passed along through the grades even though he did understand most of the math concepts that he had been taught since the third grade...he was going into fifth grade at this point and still working at a third grade math comprehension level. And our second son was being held back from his full potential of learning due to the stipulations of the schools grade level work requirements. Just because a school says this is what the kids have to work with and this is all they are required to learn during a year doesn't mean it's best for the child. We decided at this point that it was in our childrens best interest to start homeschooling them. That way we could let them learn at their own pace and if that was accelerated past their grade level...great. We'd let them learn however much they wanted to learn with no stipulations. It also gives us the freedom to take things slower when need be. It took a year of work with our oldest to get him back on grade level in math but more than that, it took that amount of time to build his confidence back up. He'd become so disillusioned during those two years that we tried working with the school system that he'd lost his will to learn and that's a terrible price for a child to have to pay for letting schooling getting in the way of their education.

13 comments:

Loni said...

Such a good writing on school vs education . . . and a great example why to homeschool. Great writing.

~~Loni
http://joyinthemorning.clubmom.com/

Trisha said...

What a great writing to illustrate the quote. I enjoyed reading it and congratulations on your impending birth!

eph2810 said...

Kudos to you and taking the 'schooling' of your children into your own hands. I think they will be much better off. It is sad that education has become a challenge in the public school-system these days.

Laurel Wreath said...

Great post, and I believe a parent needs to be pro active in their child's education. Great example of the quote.

Amydeanne said...

I remember in my last year of highschool I was in the hospital, for 2 months, and when I came back, they were still working on the same things... as a child then, I remember thinking this is silly.. how did anyone actually learn anything? Kudos to you for recognizing that as a parent and doing something about it!

~Velda said...

Amen!

Christine said...

Sometimes what the experts say about a subject trumps the child's education. It's so sad! Good for you for sticking by your child and not the curriculum.

Martha said...

From the mouth of a second grade homeschooler (not mine), "It's a privilege to be teached at home!"

Sissy B. said...

We struggled with that math change also...I think "schooling" and "educating" are two different things...I do believe you can be educated in the school system but every parent must understand that ultimately the child's true education comes from the home and heart no matter if they are homeschooled or taught in the public/pricate schools. Great post on this quote!

Heather Smith said...

My sister and I graduated from a Christian school in our area, this was the right thing for us. My brother was a different story. My parent's made the choice to homeschool him because it was what he needed at the time. I'm thankful for parents that were willing to make sacrafices so that we could learn to our fullest potential!

Jaime said...

you made a great decision about your children's education.

Heather said...

I wish my parents (both public school teachers who taught me at home after theirs and my school was out) had chosen to homeschool me. I struggled so much and it wasn't till college and I realized why I had so much trouble.

Lynn said...

I know what you are saying.
Our kids did well in Elementary school, but once they went to highschool things started to disintegrate in the math department.
I really thought that it was my kids' problem.
I hired a tutor who was a math major and a teacher in another district.
It was then I realized that business teachers can't teach Calculus, or Functions or Algebra.
Teachers were making legitimate salary for bogus work.
It was too late for my kids. I paid thousands in tutoring over 3 yrs (at $45.00/hr) just so they could pass university qualification math.
I couldn't homeschool them in math because I had the same weakness.
Bless you for goin for it!

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