Thursday, June 28, 2012
A Whole Education
Every day at lunch, while the children eat, I read them the Bible. Since we have a 'no talking with your mouth full' rule that we (for the most part) abide by~ this keeps me from eating my lunch while they eat theirs. Instead, I wait until they are all resting (and it is nice and quiet with no interruptions...ahhhhhhhh....) before I eat and (being the multi-tasker that I am) one thing I enjoy doing while I am eating is watching something. Not a "soap" girl myself (har har), I lead a much more boring life by watching things like TED speeches or various sermons/lectures on the internet. Keeps one toe in the grown up world and all that.
I particularly liked this one today:
A favorite quote of the speech:
"Our education system has mined our minds in a way that we stripmine the earth-for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won't service."
One constant thing in the back of my mind these days is how to do this whole "educating" thing right with my children. After all, I can't blame the school system, or the teachers, or the principals or even the 'dreaded peers' for the failure of my child to succeed. Any finger pointing, when it comes to homeschooling, would be turned right around on me, plucking out my own eyeballs.
How can I change our days to be a more suitable environment for my children to grow meaning: how can I make the childrens' lives a veritable petri dish for growth? How can I foster greatness in our home/attitudes/opportunities/experiences? What areas do I fail in? Where do I succeed? And, at the end of the day, what is the goal anyway? What do these children fundamentally need to know and how do we get there?
I think the answers have less to do with "academics" than you would think.
More on that another day... when the thoughts whirling around my head aren't swirling quite so fast.
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