Every now and then I find myself waffling with my decision to homeschool. I'd like to think that if I was 100% sold on anything I did as a parent, including my educational choices, then I'd have wasted all those years in Graduate School where I was taught to question everything.
That's what researchers do. We question, we ponder, we analyze. We try to find the "best" way.
As much as I'm happy with our decision to keep Quinlan home, she's not my only child, and I have to figure out what to do with Drew, who might appear to be someone who could really benefit from the rigors of a school setting.
But then again, I wonder if the sitting at the desk, the coloring in the lines, the rote memorizaton - all of which are not his forte' - are really what he needs. Well, at least, without being balanced with the freedom to explore, question, and as this recent article I read says, be creatively disobedient.
As I watch him, I realize, that's exactly how to describe him. And I feel terrible at how crazy it makes me.
And so I have to ask myself, are the "good" students really the ones who pay attention and do what they're told? Or are they just easier to manage in a classroom setting?
(If you don't choose to read my article on this, please do read the linked article on the topic of creative disobedience within it. It's a little bit mind blowing, whether you're a homeschooler, a mom of a child with autism, or just any parent, really).