I recently posted my response to entrepreneurs who’s told me that I’m “hurting” JRoc by putting so much weight on his education… that I’m encouraging him to “follow the herd” & the best education is through real-life experiences.
I read a post from a high school teacher who is also a football coach that went something like…
Football players spend hours lifting weights. They don’t train this way so they can go out on the field to do more reps, but to build and strengthen their muscles, which enables them to perform at their best in a game. Same with schoolwork. You may never need to apply what you’ve learned in class, but those lessons serve as intellectual workout for the real world.
I totally agree and I’m seriously kicking myself (in my mind, at least) for not copy/saving his comment.
Some of my friends & connections misunderstood my homeschooling JRoc as being anti: education, learning, memorizing, and studying for tests, and whatever else school-related.
As a matter of fact, I’m 100% for public/private education. My home schooling JRoc was a very serious & personal decision. I thought about this long and hard… the pros & cons of taking my son out of a traditional educational institution… the patience and dedication it will take to teach him at home…
And for us… both J & I… this was the BEST decision. There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into this commitment, but the results are AWESOME. My son is no longer bored & frustrated during lessons because he can move forward in his own pace… as a matter of fact, he’s finishing up 6th grade early this year, and beginning 7th grade, because he’s been zipping through everything.
Anyway, my kid totally understands the importance of “learning”… spelling, parts of speech, and grammar may not seem to be all that important in a day… but his mastering those classes enables him to write easily & correctly because he’s familiar with the “rules.” We may not knowingly use math formulas, scientific facts, or information from history books, I’m beginning to see how my child uses the learned information on a daily basis… it’s pretty cool.
So no… I’m not anti-learning or schooling. It’s BECAUSE I feel education is important, that I’ve chosen to teach him myself, even just for a few years… 🙂