I have been blogging through the alphabet all month on the theme of unschooling, or organic learning. Hooray for making it to the letter U. Today we will focus on having an education that is unique.
Each child is different, each person is different. I value an education where diversity and uniqueness is appreciated. That is the kind of education I want for my children. I don’t want a cookie cutter education for them. I want their differences to be celebrated, their passions to be pursued.
One issue often faced by teens is the struggle to fit in. Public schools seem to recently become the breeding ground for bullies. If someone doesn’t fit their image of cool, they are often ostracized and made fun of, and in some extreme situations physically assaulted. They often struggle with finding their own identity, yet also conforming to their peers standards.
Taking time to realize what makes our child special and unique is a gift. We can find out what intrigues them, what stirs their emotions. Then as parents, we can encourage their learning to work along with their passions. This way they grow to have a love for learning and can follow their own path. This helps set them up for success in finding a career that they will enjoy and feel passionate about pursuing.
Each child’s educations should be as unique and special as they are. Often I am struck by the uniqueness of children in the homeschooling, and more specifically, the unschooling community. Often they don’t exactly fit the mold of a typical teenager. This sometimes may be by their appearance, and other times it may be of their interests and personality. I am often surprised of the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of these young people. They are often focusing their energy on helping others and creating a fulfilled life for themselves.
I find it odd that children in public school are classified into groups with peers their exact same age. What if my child has no interest in American history when he or she is 12, but finds it enthralling when he or she is 15. It makes sense to me that they will remember and apply what they learn when they are enjoying the learning process. Another joy to homeschooling is your children have friends of various ages, some older, some younger. Isn’t that what real life is like? I know for a fact it would be odd if all of my friends were exactly 42 years old. So why is that so often the reality of our children?
How do you celebrate your uniqueness? How do you honor the uniqueness of your children?