Through a series of multi-faceted circumstances, I have recently begun homeschooling my Oldest daughter.
Being new to homeschooling, I decided to pick up from where she was in public school and begin with, among other things, World History. As I looked at curriculum both faith-based and not, I decided it would be good for her to develop a biblical view through which to learn World History. The first assignment I gave her was to research Old Earth and Young Earth, define them, understand them, and then decide what she believes. I gave a little bit more instruction than this, but not much. She’s a sophomore in high school, a veracious reader, loves to write, has done research before, and knows how to cite her findings. I thought this would be a breeze for her. Then she asked me, “Ummm, do I have a form to follow? They usually give me a sheet in school to follow.”
After a few days of her accomplishing nothing and kinda evading the topic, I talked to my friend who is a teacher. She told me that schools do not teach kids how to write because they don’t have time. They teach them how to fill in the blanks and move onto the next topic so they can prepare the kids to do well on standardized exams. Sheesh!
I’ve been a bit torn between being frustrated that a school district with excessive bragging rights on their consistently high test scores has taught so little to such a bright kid, and being extremely grateful I am now able to homeschool her and actually teach her how to take a topic and do something with it.
Naturally, I have back-tracked with her, am giving her more guidance, and am more thoroughly explaining things as we go along. She will learn, and she’ll do great. And she’ll be able to take an idea, create something out of it, research it, learn from it, and present it. I’m so excited we’re homeschooling!