“Did your children have a say in being homeschooled? If they decide they want to go to school at some stage, will you let them?”.
I’ve been told that by home educating we’re depriving our children of choice. That as parents we’ve just walked down a path we like the look of without stopping to consider what our children need.
That we’ve made a big decision on their behalf, one that will have an impact on the rest of their lives. That we’ve shut certain doors of opportunity they'll find hard go back through. That what they really need out of each day has come second to the kind of lifestyle we’ve decided we want to live.
That our decision might hamper their learning potential. Their social development. Their preparation for the real world.
But I have a few questions for anyone who feels this way:
Did your children have a say in going to school? Did you give them other options? If they later decide they want to homeschool, will you let them?
If not, it’s worth pausing to consider whether you’ve deprived your children of choice. Whether you’ve gone down a path that might not give your children what they need.
That you might have made a decision for them that will impact the rest of their lives. That you might have shut doors they can’t re-open. That what they really need each day might be coming second to the kind of lifestyle you’ve chosen to live.
That your decision might have a big impact on their learning potential. Their social development. Their ability to thrive in the real world.
I’m comfortable being asked whether or not my children had any say in their educational path, but only if you are too.
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