I Could NEVER Homeschool My Children

I’ve been hearing this a lot from mother’s who lack the confidence to teach their own children.  But why?  Society tells them that if they don’t have a degree in education, they are not qualified to teach.  This is ridiculous.  In fact, a degree may hinder your child’s learning process.

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What does having a degree mean?
Today, having a degree does not necessarily make you more qualified to teach than someone who doesn’t have one.  The skills you actually possess are the defining factor.  The completion of a list of classes and the required tasks associated with them is not a good measurement.

First, some people can take a class without learning or remembering anything significant.  Remember that French class you took in highschool?  The fact that I took one is the extent of what I can recall.  And did I really need to learn how to speak French?

That leads me to my next question; who decided what essential knowledge is needed to teach?  In most secular institutions, a degree in education starts with child psychology and the study of how children learn.  Again you could question the integrity of the origins of these topics, but that is a whole other story.

In short, most institutions are guided by the notion that there is no God and people have no spirit.  That is how experts look at our children; as animals or biological machines.  They try to put them in a box, categorize them, and label them.

Today, having a degree in education usually means two things; teachers have preconceived notions about the learning process, and two, the prestige a degree carries today may be misleading to both society, and the teacher who holds it.

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They have just completed 17+ years of schooling.  They should be confident!  But a lot of the time, they take themselves too seriously.  Because the knowledge and techniques that teachers have gained through their degree is seen as essential, the logical conclusion is that it is the best.

What if the assumptions about how our children learn are wrong?  That means, the techniques and systems used to teach our children would miss their mark.

Parents’ esteem for a degree is also detrimental.  Parents believe “experts” are teaching their children and so, they pass the buck to the “more qualified” individual.  When their child slowly starts to fall behind, they start to point fingers.  They trusted the reputation of a piece of paper signed off by a stranger whom they know nothing of their motive or character.

Even society on the whole believes that the “highly qualified” institutions can do no wrong and instead of trying something different, they insist that funding is the problem.  “The experts just don’t have enough resources,” they say.

Dedication, Care, and Love
Who taught your child to crawl?  Who taught them to walk, speak, and use the toilet?  Who cried the first time they said, “I love you mommy?”

You know your child best.  You should not discount your methods or parenting style simply because you don’t have a certificate.

The stranger who has one is not ordained by God for the job.

God has put the responsibility on you and although everyone is accountable for their own wrong doings, you have to be sure you have done your best.  I am, by no means, discounting the dedication, patience, and love that teachers across this nation give to others’ children.  I am, however, questioning the efficiency and merit of the system and encouraging you to remember; you are your child’s first and best teacher.

Just to boost your confidence here are 10 successful people who don’t have a degree:
1. Micheal Dell – dropped out of college
2. Henry Ford - never graduated high school
3. Bill Gates – dropped out of Harvard, then 30 years later they just gave him a degree.
4. John D. Rockefeller Sr. – no formal college
5. Mark Zuckerburg – college drop out
6. Mary Kay – college drop out
7. Walt Disney – high school drop out
8. Steve Jobs – college drop out
9. Jane Austin – formal schooling until age 11, homeschooled, never attended college
10. Richard Branson – high school dropout

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Comments

  1. Hi there! I’m a homeschool mom too. I hear this ALL THE TIME as well. In fact, four years ago, I said it too. Crazy that I’m about to start my third full year of homeschooling now! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and supporting us all in the process :)

    I found your blog through the KBN facebook group!
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  2. This is such a great article! That was exactly my excuse — that I didn’t feel qualified. Now that my sons are all grown up, I wish I would have just home-schooled anyway. Admittedly, it seemed quite overwhelming but now I find myself often wanting those years back. Fast forward to today, however, where the education system is clearly changing in our country, and not for the better. Most importantly, parents should closely examine the curriculum and ideals that are being “taught” in the public school system. That alone may compel you to not entrust your child’s “education” to anyone but yourself.
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  3. This article is extremely insulting to teachers. Teachers ARE professionals who care about your children. If you choose to homeschool, that is your right and I respect that. There is no need to put down professional teachers.

    • I’ve said nothing offensive here. In fact, I acknowledge all the hard work teachers do. If you are offended I’m very sorry.

      • Actually Janine, as a previous educator (still certified), and a parent to a child whom I have considered homeschooling, and whom I have decided to not send to Preschool despite the push of society (not the school system) to do so, you have said offensive things about educators. And, if I came to this site confused about my decisions and looking for answers, I would likely dislike the words here so much that I’d decide to send my kid to public schools.
        Here are just a few of the things that seem offensive to educators, and those who support educators despite their opinion on home schooling. You may not have meant them to sound that way, however without an explanation that is how they come across:
        1) “a degree may hinder your child’s learning process”–that somehow someone with a degree will make your child learn less effectively is absurd. Yes, in a public setting they may not be able to teach religion, but religion can be taught at home/church/private school, etc. And a degree means that the person holding it has been through extensive study on how the mind works and learns at different stages of childhood. They have also been taught some strategies to deal with more common issues that children might have learning, in case traditional styles don’t work for them. Yes, traditional education doesn’t work for all kids, but it works for many, thus the statement seems offensive at best.
        2) “having a degree does not necessarily make you more qualified to teach than someone who doesn’t have one.” I agree for the kids who can learn no matter what strategies they are taught, this could be true. However for a child who needs a different approach, those of us with degrees typically have a few more tricks up the sleeve, figuratively speaking. This is incredibly important in the early years in teaching the fundamentals that can then be expanded on. But if a child can’t read, studying the Bible becomes more difficult.
        3) “most institutions are guided by the notion that there is no God and people have no spirit.” While this is true of public settings, there are plenty of private settings this is not the case for. Being as I have never worked in anything but public settings, I will agree with this with the emphasis on INSTITUTIONS. However I fail to see the correlation between an institution and the people working within it. At least in this case where the institution is the government. I know very few teachers who do not see each of their students as individuals with souls. And like I said, I only work in public settings. Most educators, despite their institutions, are loving people who deeply care for their students. This statement tied into your other comments about the “person with the degree” makes it seem as if you don’t quite believe that?
        4) “Parents believe “experts” are teaching their children” Your use of quotations in this sentence as well as many other quotations in your writing, are condescending. Yes, those with a degree are considered experts in the area of education. This is true because they have studied the field with great intensity and with a great desire to learn all they can. Sure, there are different theories of learning, but those are all touched on in their education. It would be like if you had a question on something Biblical, who would you ask? Someone who has studied it, or a friend who never opens their Bible, doesn’t go to church, but says that God gave them the gift to answer all of your questions? Sure there are different theories, but I personally like to, at the very least, START with what the well studied individual has to say.
        5) “Even society on the whole believes that the “highly qualified” institutions can do no wrong and instead of trying something different, they insist that funding is the problem. “The experts just don’t have enough resources,” they say.” This is so loaded with judgement and misinformation that I’m not entirely sure where to start. PLEASE, PLEASE inform me what trying different would look like. Explain to me how you would take a classroom of 30 kids, 20 or more of whom have never even heard about Christ, and 18 of whom have little to no support at home, and make sure you meet all of their needs. Especially when the federal government gets involved and informs the educators of these kids that they are not allowed to leave any of them behind. In other words, we just keep pushing them through. So by 3rd grade, an educator has 30 kids at 25 different levels to try to meet the needs of. Yes, it’s not a perfect system. The missing peace isn’t better teachers. It isn’t more money, as money doesn’t replace all things. It’s better families. THAT is what is needed. Parents who care about education. Parents at all. So to say the teacher’s aren’t highly qualified is asinine. They just have their hands full. And THAT is the reason I consider home schooling. I think my son would be fine in school if he is an average learner. I think he would thrive in many ways there that he wouldn’t at home. And I might still try it. But I’m not opposed to homeschooling, especially if he would need it. But let’s stop blaming the teachers and lets point fingers where they need to be pointed.

        I must say, I am glad you have chosen to home school. As an educator, I would not want your child in my classroom. Your lack of respect for the job would trickle down to your children and make my job even more difficult. I know you said “I am, by no means, discounting the dedication, patience, and love that teachers across this nation give to others’ children” however it seems like an after thought. A way around anyone who reads the judgment in the rest of your writing. I hope I’m wrong. I truly do!

        I am happy to say that I whole heartedly agree with you in one VERY important issue. You are so right when you say the parent is the first and best teacher for each child. You are right when you say that God gave you that job. If a person sends their child to public school, the teacher isn’t there to raise them. They can’t. They only get them 7 hours a day for 180 days a year, for 13 years. That’s a very small fraction of their life. So yes, even if one sends their child to public school they still need to be their child’s teacher. But, they don’t have to be their child’s ONLY teacher.

        • Amanda, Thank you so much for taking the time to voice your opinion. There is no need to be offended, it is simply an opinion, and I welcome others to share their own. The problem most teachers have is that they learn about teaching from secular universities, and much of the theories they are taught are based on a mountain of lies. And unfortunately, they take those lies and apply them in the classroom. In my opinion, that is part of the reason kids are learning so little in school. One of the major lies, is that children are animals, biological machines. Another is that children can be “educated” in a one-size-fits-all factory. (As you said, there is only so much teachers can do, when they 30 kids packed into a class.) And perhaps the biggest lie, is that education can be secular. You cannot teach a child about the world, while divorcing the world’s creator from the lessons. God should be the main course, not a weekend snack.

          I know lots of teachers, and many of them love the Lord, but they are also the harshest critics of school. The teachers who do know what they are doing, aren’t allowed by the administration to make the changes they need anyway. Finally, not all teachers are good; not all teachers care. That is also true of parents, but to a much lessor degree. And whether teachers are qualified or not, school isn’t working. “Unqualified” homeschooling mothers are beating our “professionals.”

          At any rate, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am sorry if I offended you; that wasn’t my purpose. I know you said that you would not want my kids in your classroom, but if I did send my kids to school I’d want them to have a teacher like you, because I can see that you really care.

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