I believe that children deserve freedom.
I believe that children deserve trust.
I believe that children deserve to be treated with respect.
I don’t believe we ever have a right to physically punish children.
I believe childhood should be protected.
I believe children should be free to follow their interests and have the leading role in their education.
I believe it is not my place to send my child somewhere to be taught things decided for them by someone else, without their input.
I do not believe in compulsory or forced learning.
I believe the current culture of standardized testing and the push for earlier and earlier academics is damaging.
I do not believe in testing.
I believe that education can be much better than the current method of schooling in our country.
I believe that children deserve the same rights as adults.
Does this make me anti-school? Maybe. Some people think so. I used to try to never come across that way but the more I read, and the more I learned, the more passionate I became. It’s difficult to remain impartial when your chosen method of education is a complete rejection of current methods of schooling. I could talk solely about the positives of my choice, as some have suggested, but still people would infer that I believed school means the opposite of that anyway. In any case, I think discussing the negatives is important. We need to talk about what’s wrong with the current system so we can do better.
I will continue to speak about home education and why we decided on this path because people deserve to know they have options, that it is achievable, and because I am passionate about this life and love to talk about it. If you don’t like to hear the idea of schooling challenged, then you might get offended around here! But my hope is that instead people use that feeling to challenge themselves. Challenge their beliefs and put them to the test. Think about if schooling really is the best/right/only option for them. Or are they just doing what is expected, instead of what is possible? I think those are worthy questions to examine.
School will always have a place. Not everyone can home educate, and not everyone wants to, so school will always be needed. For that reason we have an obligation to make sure we are giving children the experience they deserve if they’re spending 13 years of their life there. That means talking about what is and isn’t working. If that makes me ‘anti-school’ then so be it! I will take that on. But I am pro-child. I believe that children deserve freedom and that, if just by the mere fact that it is compulsory, school severely limits that. On the whole, children are treated with a lot less respect than they deserve in our society so I will continue to speak up about it.