Education – Help Me Out (Please)
This has been a big topic for me lately. Hazel is 2. There is a lot of pressure to start her in pre-school (starts at 3 now). I don’t remember it being that way! I don’t feel like she is ready. She is just starting to explore things on her own and figure things out in her own way. I’m not ready for her to go to a pre-school and learn how to be taught. I want her to be a kid, find her confidence and figure things out in her own time and in her own way. I feel like the learning she is doing now is bigger than colors and letters… and that jumping the gun just to get those could set her independence back… at the same time, two of the higher ranking schools (if we go that way) open up next year with their pre-k, which she pretty much needs to attend to get in (there are only 7 spots for those who don’t attend the pre-k and a lot more applicants)… and registrations are coming up… this choice I thought I had a couple years to make is being thrust on me early and I don’t like it!
If you have 12 minutes, watch this.
So, no, I don’t base big important life choices on a Youtube video but I remember the first time I watched that, years before I had, or was going to have kids, it resonated hard with me. Then I have friends who teach school who tell me they wouldn’t want their kids going to school where they teach, that it isn’t designed for all kids, just most. And I think about what I want for Miles and Hazel. Like any parent I easily say that I want ‘the best’. But then I wonder what that is…
Right now I am looking at the options of public school, charter school, international charter school, online schools, home schooling and even unschooling. I think the child’s experience is based on the personality of that child and Hazel has already proved she is not at all like her dad or I when it comes to personality and so we would be doing a disservice to dictate her experiences based on ours… I just keep going over the options and I want my kids to think outside the box. I keep wondering if the best way to enable them to think outside the box is to teach outside of the box… and what should that look like…
I know that the people reading this are rarely parents but I am hoping for a few… maybe some empty nesters??? 😉
I would love to hear from other parents, or interested parties, in the comments (please):
- What was your child’s educational experience?
- Are you happy that you chose/had that education for them?
- What would you do differently if you had it to do over again?
- Would you have made different choices if you were in the position to not work some of those years?
I have actually be doing many a circles in my head with these thoughts, one day I might get bold and share the other website I made where I have been sorting through this stuff… For now it feels like a more personal life choice that gets criticized more than tiny houses… so I am a little guarded, probably until I actually make that choice and feel like I can defend it.
Thanks for the help!