I recently wrote this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore, but it has great tips for anyone thinking about homeschooling their son or daughter.
Daniel* (*name changed for privacy) couldn’t speak when he was 5. He couldn’t read when he was 10. His mother was told he would never function in the world. But learning isn’t always linear; some children only progress when ready and then do so very quickly, like Daniel, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. His mom homeschooled him and her hard work paid off — Daniel entered a bachelor’s degree program when he was just 16.
Daniel is now 21 years old, living independently and working in Sydney, Australia. He has a diploma from Central Queensland University with a dean’s commendation in Aviation Theory and Mechanical Engineering. He volunteers on weekends and does hosting at his church for over 5,000 people. He is strong and self-assured; he knows people talk about his “disability” but he is confident in his abilities so it doesn’t bother him.
Academic success opens doors, but not all kids thrive in the traditional school setting. Schools around the world feel the pressure to teach more and teach it faster to keep up in international rankings, but to what end? To keep up, parents feel pressured to put their kids in enrichment classes every day of the week, which then raises the bar for all kids in the classroom to keep up, and so it spirals on.
There is a growing backlash against these trends. This very popular (and entertaining) talk by Ken Robinson highlights the changing paradigm in education today. In America, over 2 million students are now learning at home, and the statistics are incredible about homeschooling success. Celebrities like Will Smith and Evelyn Tan are homeschooling, and there are plenty of homeschooling success stories out there among celebrities and others.
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