How long has homeschooling existed? Since Adam and Eve taught Cain about farming and Abel about taking care of sheep. Throughout the Bible we read of a parent’s skill being handed down from one generation to the next. A shift in parental thinking began when the collective instilling of brainpower was popular among Greek’s parents who could afford to send their sons, aged 7 to 13, to school to learn to read, write and memorize Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey.
Having someone more educated than you teach your child was also prestigious for the Romans. Wealthy parents would pay a tutor to impart the skill of reading, writing, and arithmetic to their sons.
In both cultures the daughters stayed at home until they were married off.
Let’s fast forward to the current school system, instigated during the industrial revolution, that requires students to be on time, sit in one place, follow instructions, and do the same things at the same time with a bunch of other people in a brick building. This formula of educating children was set in motion to prepare them to grow up and be on time, sit or stand in one place, follow instructions, and do the same things at the same time with a bunch of other people in a factory. After parents got into a routine of dropping their kids off at school and clocking in at work somewhere along the educational line mom and dad forgot they could choose to teach their own children. Also both parents began to work outside the home making public school their only option.
Throughout academic history there have been divergents like John Holt, Raymond Moore, and Ayn Rand who did their best to let parents know that learning at home was a legitimate schooling experience for their children. Check out Famoushomeschoolers.net you might be surprised to find out that some of your favorite actors, artists, musicians, and authors were homeschooled.
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Until next month God bless you and your little or not so little ones!
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