I’m enjoying Beverley Paine’s blog posts especially this one. Here are some quotes:
Homeschoolers are human too. Sounds silly doesn’t it? Kind of obvious… However, I think it’s good to remind ourselves, and perhaps others, of this fact from time to time.
So about ten years ago I got brave and started to write about the not so happy days, the days where everything seems to be going wrong. We all have them, but there is this kind of taboo about talking about them. I could see how alienating this ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude was and wanted to reach out to other people like myself, help them feel ‘normal’ and sane, create the kind of community that would be there for them, and me, when the doubts set in.
Homeschoolers are human. And humans err. They also hurt each other. They get it wrong as often as they get it right. Like everyone they make mistakes. They have the same set of social skills as everyone else. I’ve never met anyone whose social skills were perfect or flawless…
There is this persistent image of homeschoolers, both in the homeschooling community and more generally, that we’re somehow above being typically human. As though having withdrawn our children from a flawed education system our intention is to give them some kind of utopian educational experience that will produce amazing super-people with perfect social skills and who will excel in just about any field they choose…
Reality-check time! We’re human, no different from any other group of humans with something in common that get together to support that commonality. Most of us aren’t at all interested in creating a better society through educational revolution: most of us just want to do the best by our kids.
We have our good and bad days and it is good to have someone well known in Australian homeschooling circles talking about it. I don’t feel quite so bad about the days I’ve been sick and haven’t done any formal schoolwork with Jess. Some days are taken up with other things and school work seems to be low on the agenda however these days can still be great learning opportunities.
For example Jessica is learning heaps from her job at Woolworths. She’s had to negotiate with her supervisors for days off, ring and tell them when she was sick and also go to the doctor and get a sickness certificate. She’s made mistakes at her job, as we all do, and she’s learning from that too. Sometimes I’ve felt that she isn’t getting enough time for her school work but every day definitely doesn’t have to be perfect for us to learn from it!!!!