Newsflash: My education has holes in it.
Yep, there is a lot of stuff I don’t know, some of which I supposedly learned in school, but I sure don’t know it now.
Some of it is probably about our system of government, various state capitals and maybe a President or two.
Some of it might have to do with Chemistry or Geometry.
I can’t read music or tell you much about the Pythagorean Theorem.
Don’t ask me to diagram a sentence. (Is there a place in the world where people diagram sentences that isn’t Freshman English? That was the first and last time I ever did it.)
The Boer Wars? The fact that I’ve heard of them is as much as you’ll get.
The main thing I remember about what happened at the Alamo is the phrase “Remember the Alamo”.
I could go on and on.
And my point is?
My point is that I am tired of hearing about how we need to make sure children do not have holes in their education. I am sometimes asked how I will avoid my children having holes in their education, because isn’t that one of the real challenges of unschooling?
No, frankly, it isn’t.
They will have holes in their education, just like we all do, whether we went to school or not.
Oh I know, the concern is wrapped up with mandatory testing and state regulations and college entrance requirements, etc., but honestly? If you and/or your child are really, truly worried? Then spend some time prepping for those things, (after all in schools they spend months on “test prep”) and then relax.
I love the holes in my education. You know why? Because there is always something new out there for me to learn. Or re-learn, as the case may be. I would hate to get to the point where I know it all; where all the holes are filled.
If you are panicking over all the things your kids don’t know, take a few deep breaths. Step back. Think of all the things they do know, and don’t limit the list to academics. Write it down if you need to.
Remember, we’re in this learning thing for the long haul.
The holes are what keep it exciting.