Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Home Schooling or Home Education?

ABCs of Homeschooling

E: Education

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. ~ Oscar Wilde

We refer to what we do as home schooling but most of us do our best not to simply school at home.  A better term may be home education. It's our desire to educate our children well, and this doesn't mean just the three R's.  I love the Oscar Wilde quote above, as true education is something we learn on our own.  It's taught by life and experience and it never ends.  In this sense, we cannot truly educate our children, but we can provide experiences and expose them to worlds and wonders so that they may learn.


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In Adam Andrew's workshop, Design Your Own Lit Program, he said, "Education is an attitude of humility toward the world of knowledge".  It's not a book list or a curriculum or a perfect schedule, but these are tools we can use to discover, and as we discover we learn that we don't know a whole lot.  There is always more to learn.  

This is a great truth for us to grasp, as it releases us from the fear of gaps.  We will have gaps because we can never learn everything.  Our child's education will never be complete and so true home education is teaching the student how to learn.


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One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Yeats, "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."  This always inspires me, I want my children to seek out more information on that which interests them.  I want them to continue learning and continue their education all of their life.  And I want to continue mine.  Education never ends.


If you enjoyed these quotes, I share a few more HERE. May they inspire you as well!  I'd love to hear your favorites, as I need all the encouragement (another great "e" word) I can get.








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