This column originally published in print in Parent News magazine…
One of the great aspects of homeschooling is the fact that you have the ability to choose your children’s teachers. Now, right away, some of you might be thinking that you choose your child’s teachers in public and private schools as well, but it’s simply not true. You might have the ability to pick from a couple of choices offered you, but is that really choosing.
I get to choose the best people in their respective fields to teach my children. Why should I settle for a teacher trained in education but not in history to teach the American Revolution to my boys? Nah. I think I’ll take my kids to visit nearby King’s Mountain in North Carolina so they can see it, feel it, and hear about it from trained experts at the site. Would I like a teacher trained in physical education with a minor in health sciences to teach science to my kids? Nope. I’ll take them to an aquarium where they can learn from real scientists who actually do the work they talk about.
You see, that’s the way it is with homeschooling. You don’t have to be their main teacher, so don’t worry so much about your qualifications. Don’t worry if you don’t have a babysitting degree (early childhood education) from a well known university. Instead, in homeschooling, you act as the person who facilitates their knowledge. So, go out and find the best teachers there are, people who know what they’re talking about, the people who research and write books in their chosen fields. Not the people offered to you by the school district as the experts. They’re not.