Breaking the Mold of Homeschool Hesitance (Part 1)Brooks
This series comes with an important disclaimer. In no way do we desire nor aim to disparage, tear down, or otherwise pit educational institutions against one another. As educators, who are charged with the well-rounded development of young students, it’s our duty to critique these structures and our ideas surrounding them.
We build Spanish curriculum for kids and were we not to make updates, changes, and improvements, our jobs as educators aren’t being fulfilled. Growth doesn’t come without challenge and stagnancy is borne from comfort zones. We’re going to venture into some uncomfortable topics in education with the goal of improving how we define, practice, and approach learning.
We’re comfortable with institutions. It’s human nature to be at ease within structures that have been proven to work, such that the status quo remains. An underlying idea personified simply by an old quote regarding the U.S. government: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Tomes could be written unpacking the right and wrong of that statement, but for our purposes, it’s wayward in that we’re talking about the education of children.
Young students being told what, how, why, when, and where to learn by adults is nothing new. If you want to divide the opinions of said adults, delve into a conversation about homeschooling. It’s remarkable how every person involved suddenly has a doctorate in educational theory and adolescent psychology. What’s the real reasoning behind the hesitance? This series is going to break down why so many people are homeschool horrified.
I did it this way, so you must do it this way, too
It’s brazen but often the case. Too many parents saw a traditional process work for them and attempt to duplicate the success of their past for their children. Sometimes falling to the wayside is the important fact their children are different human beings. They saw an educational institution work for them, so it’ll work for their kids.
Designing Spanish curriculum for kids, or any curriculum for children isn’t an easy task. The job of a teacher isn’t easy either. When considering homeschooling, the difficulty factor comes into play. It’s difficult being both parent and teacher. Implementing homeschool Spanish curriculum for children comes with academic hoops for parents to jump through, which is scary because it’s been a long time since they’ve had to learn, let alone teach.
What will people say?
We’re social creatures and homeschooling isn’t without stigma. The main stigma being one of isolation and decreased socialization. In their early years, children absorb language faster, before age 10 and even before age 5. This happens primarily through socialization and participatory learning. Many parents fear that their children will not have this in a homeschool environment, worse still, they fear the perceived negative opinions of others.
The most common theme in homeschooling apprehension is the attitude of the adults charged with educating their children. What’s most important is the development and nurturing of students. Whether you’re teaching Spanish curriculum for kids, homeschooling, or being an active part of their development, it’s vital to curb your own predispositions and challenge their origin. Even before that, your child is a human being. A young one, yes, but a human being nonetheless. Teaching them advocacy for themselves at an early age is much more important than the opinion of the neighbors three doors down.
Stay tuned, the next part will visit effective homeschooling strategies to help banish that lingering reluctance.