Today we bring you an interesting article published in the American Conservative on November 2nd written by Charles Carman. The original article can be found at: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/homeroom-teachers/
Here’s the high level summary of the article:
- Since Covid, the number of homeschooling families has nearly doubled, from 3 million to more than 5 million families, and this latest debate will no doubt raise further concerns in the minds of parents.
- Homeschooling’s true work has been to rescue the home from its modern erasure. The home, after all, is where the most urgent learning takes place: where sons learn from fathers, daughters from mothers, siblings from each other; where morning prayers are made, daily bread is baked, yearly fruits are canned, generational stories are repeated.
- the most crucial gift to education of the last fifty years comes from the homeschooling movement’s rediscovery of home life.
- The homeschool movement began, in short, as the creative work of parents regaining control over their children’s schooling.
- Unlike the ’60s, however, there now exists a growing number of private, classical schools where children are taught in a way the parents trust and are catechized into the same beliefs as their parents. The children memorize poetry, learn to speak Latin, are not treated as cogs in a machine but as souls in need of care.
- What sort of ties are fostered among parents and their children, how vital the home is to learning and living well, how much time is spent working together at home on the most important matters—these considerations lead to the heart of homeschooling. They lead one away from treating the home as an online co-working space and toward a vision of reading together on the couch all morning and raising animals on the homestead. Though not all schooling happens at home, without homes, schooling does not matter.
Please take the time to read the entire article, share it and your thoughts as well.