10506949_10152705341444375_4440921502349364145_oIn years gone by, many mothers were also their children’s teacher. I suppose that when it is just the way things are done, you step up and do what you need to do. Back when families first headed out west, there were no schools and no teachers, and yet the children still needed an education. The one difference they had then was that many, and in fact most of those girls who went through school ended up with a teaching certificate. It made sense, when you think about it. Many people were heading west and schools were scarce, so parents needed to know how to teach, so kids could get a proper education.

Soon schools popped up in every town, and homeschooling began to move into the past…or at least not in the forefront of life anymore. I’m sure there were still homeschooling moms out there, but they were no longer the norm, or even slightly common. In fact, for a time, moms who homeschooled their children were considered odd, and maybe even fanatical. In reality, they were probably very sensible, capable, and yes, wise parents…and quite misunderstood.

As more parents began to disagree with the curriculum that was being taught to their children, homeschooling has been making a comeback. These days, not every mother received a teaching certificate when she graduated, but then, school is more advanced these days too. It isn’t that mothers these days can’t teach, it’s just that teaching is complicated these days and in order to be a good teacher for their children, most of these parents have to learn the lessons they teach, along with their children…or just hours before their children anyway. It is a big job, and one many people don’t feel like they can do. I suppose that is why people still put their kids on public schools, even if they don’t agree with the teachings. Many households need two incomes to make ends meet too, so homeschooling isn’t always an option. Nevertheless, I have a great deal of respect anyone who chooses to homeschool…mixed with understanding for parents who don’t.

I don’t know very many people who homeschool their children, in fact I can only think of two right now. One of those, my cousin, Elizabeth Nordquist is a first time homeschooler. She is the mother of two beautiful little girls, Addie and Meadow. I’m sure she is very capable, but she expressed feelings of jangled nerves too, at the first of the school year. It is a big task to take on, and one that the parents don’t step into lightly. Many people don’t always understand the reasons why this choice is made, and I’m sure that the reasons are as varied as 1491593_10205372922068557_8413410012355388985_nthe parent and student. Some students just do better on a one to one basis, while others aren’t morning people and so that early schedule is tough. And for some families, it is totally the curriculum, and the many clashes between the family’s faith and the secular teachings that are so popular, and yet very often harmful to the students. Whatever the reason for the choice, it is up to the parents as to how their children should be educated, and I think is takes an amazing, and very special person to make the choice to educate their children themselves when the public school system disagrees with their own goals for their children. I also think that as time goes on and more people disagree with the secular views, we will have more homeschooling families out there. Sometimes getting your child’s necessary education is all up to you.

4 Responses to Necessary Education

  • are some very good reasons why we have Home schooled Tyrel. We started With him when he started into 7th Grade. We have problems getting of the Mountain sometimes during the winter. But the stuff they teach any More is not education it is a mess. Now with the Common Core crap being shoved into the schools we are so grateful that we did start home Schooling Him. he is much happier and he loves to work at his own pace and then he has a lot of free time t do what he wants to do. He is a straight A student and he Loves being able to go one day a week to work on the Computers and get a lot more done. Our Internet is Hughes net and in the winter like now we have to many Clouds to do his work all the time. he is supposed to have one on one time with the teacher every week and we do our best to do that unless we do get stuck. Then he can do his contact on the phone. It is so much better, and he is so much happier.

  • I just wanna Say thanks for writing this! Somedays I wonder if I Can Keep up so this was a huge encouragement before I begin THE new school week! God is changing me and teaching me patience as a mom and teacher now. If there is one thing I can say about this decision is that it’s been really truly neat to see my kids learn and be taught in a way that works best For them and finding what doesn’t too. Both are so alike but learn so DIFFERENTLY so it’s been a Lot of trial and error but God knows I’m trying.

    • And God will continue to lead you and your girls all the way. Just knowing that each has different needs, puts you ahead of many teachers. You are a blessing and an inspiration. Trust in God. He always knows the way. 🙂

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