9 Elephants in the (Public School) Classroom

In order to grow, we must face our weakest links. The CT homeschool community, and homeschoolers across the nation regularly receive phone calls, emails and FB messages from families whose have children have given up hope with their public school experiences. We hear the same stories, over and over again. It’s disheartening. Change is long  overdue. It used to be that homeschooling was a choice that people made because they chose the lifestyle itself. Now, people are leaving the school system because it is failing their children. Please read this article, authored by a concerned blogger, author & parent.

In the author’s list of points, #6 would be one that homeschoolers would particularly relate to, when he states, “6. We know that curriculum is just a guess. The way we talk about “The Curriculum” you would think that it was something delivered on a gold platter from on high. In reality, it was pretty much written by 10 middle-aged white guys (and their primarily white, middle-aged friends) in 1894 called “The Committee of Ten.” They were from some of the most prestigious schools and universities at the time, and they fashioned the structure of much of what we still teach in schools today. But we know that much of what every student in 1894 was supposed to learn isn’t really what every student in 2015 needs to learn. Yet we seem loathe to mess with the recipe. And as Seymour Papert so famously asks, now that we have access to pretty much all there is to know, “what one-billionth of one percent” are we going to choose to teach in school?”

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