If you haven’t seen this video yet, check it out.
“Don’t Stay in School” has a good message, despite the fact that the title could be taken as a message that kids should drop out of school. The real meaning of the title, though, is that there are a lot of subjects that are taught that are a waste of time – or at least, don’t need to be focused on as intently or as long as they are.
It’s a good message. It’s an especially important message for us homeschoolers. We have the power (within applicable laws, of course) to teach our kids whatever we want – more specifically, to teach them whatever they want.
Too many of us run ourselves ragged and stress ourselves to the point of thinking that a padded room and a straitjacket would be comfy and cozy, trying to either replicate the school system at home or to at least teach our kids the same things that the school system would teach them. But you don’t have to do that.
Think of the things you learned that you never use. I can assure there’s at least two things that you were taught that you have never used after you took the tests proving you knew how to do them. For me, algebra is a big one. Another one would be subjects and predicates – and I’m a writer!
Does this mean you shouldn’t teach these things? Of course not, and if you pay attention, you’ll notice that the video isn’t saying that, either. He’s simply saying introduce the topic, but let your child decide if it’s something you should go into greater depth on. It makes sense. You wouldn’t spend a ton of time teaching someone who wants to be a veterinarian how to build bridges, and you wouldn’t teach a room full of engineering students how to help a horse give birth to a foal, right? It makes sense that if something won’t be applicable to your child’s life (or if you’re not sure if it will be or not), you wouldn’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time on it. So you introduce it, and later, if you discover that your child will need it, you can come back to it and jump in the deep end.
Teach them the things they’ll need to know that the public school wouldn’t: how to balance a checkbook, how to budget, how to vote, how to clean house, how to cook – the list is endless. Basic life skills are just as important, if not more so, than knowing history and science.
This video is a great reminder that we don’t have to follow the system – especially since the system is broken.