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Homeschooling Thought: Individualism and Family

A craft one of the girls made up.  Crafting is definitely not my thing--but hey--it's hers and that's special.

A craft one of the girls made up. Crafting is definitely not my thing–but hey–it’s hers and that’s special.

This morning I cleaned up a crafting mess in the schoolroom, a beautiful beaded bracelet made by my 9 year-old daughter.  Crafted all on her own.  I had nothing to do with any of it because I hate crafts.  On Wednesday, a homeschooled high school student is visiting my home to sift through my closet, with the intent to help me become more fashion savvy.  To help me learn my body type, how I should choose clothes based on my body type, and which colors suit me best.  Because I am stuck in black yoga pants and an Indianapolis Colts’ t-shirt.  A few weeks ago I bought pumpkins from a seventh-grade homeschooled entrepreneur hoping to make some extra bucks selling pumpkins of all sizes from his family’s hook-up trailer.  Because he was so cute and I wanted to make some pumpkin pie.

Homeschooling done properly strongly promotes individualism.  Is that scary?  Is that scary to a government?  To an institution?  To a person?

Homeschooling done properly strengthens families.  Is that scary?  To a government?  To an institution?  To a population?

However, consider too that homeschooling done properly also strongly promotes a clarity of how a student’s individualism fits into the context of a society, most often the family (for most of us, no small task)–and also commonly within a church community and/or in the teamwork of extra-curricular activities.

I am grateful for the opportunity to homeschool.  To watch my children blossom and learn their individual strengths and weaknesses in the safe harbor of our loving home.  I am grateful that they have the opportunity to become strong women, free to follow their own course, but learning that to succeed in life and relationships, it requires learning to respect and work with others to achieve a higher goal for all.

Is homeschooling detrimental to a society?  To a nation?

Happy Thanksgiving time to all here in the US.  Practice gratefulness in all things but don’t ever stop working and striving to make your world a better place in the small ways that you can.  In your home, your workplace, your community, your dinner choices, your children, your homeschooling, your marriage, your church.  In all things.

~~Terri