Families that Discuss together, stay together

Families that Discuss together, stay together
Families that Discuss together, stay together

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Educating Oneself is the best way for us

Today eleven-year-old Edie pushed herself to write a required paper for her shakespeare class in the commonwealth school. It was a refreshing scene to watch as she quickly and obediently went through her jobs so she could have time to write. She used examples from our home life and from the current book we are reading together, Little Women, in order to articulate the principle that being a good example is key to being a good leader. She wrote all twenty lines in beautiful cursive and was very attentive to spelling correctly.

Just one year ago, we were bombarded with caustic remarks filled with fear and anger as our loved ones were in complete disagreement with how we were educating our children. At one point, one family member tried to help by encouraging Edie to read often with her to make sure she was getting her schooling in. I was aware of this family member's intense fear that our children might not learn to read and write or have the necessary social skills to function in society. Thus, I humored her and let the activity go on. At first it seemed okay, however as time passed I noticed some changes in Edie and her younger sister, Hannah. Instead of educating themselves throughout the morning and afternoon like before, they seemed to wait around until it was reading-practice time in the afternoon. They sat by the window almost frozen for long periods of time as if by doing so, they would speed up the time. Their normal activities of work and play became boring and cumbersome. After praying and seeking guidance, I felt it was necessary to quit the reading sessions and return to our normal routine of hard work in the home and freedom to educate on their own. It took a long while to return to our old and good ways. Again, I am convinced that formal academic structure is not right for our young children until they have reached the age Edie is now. Today at the age of eleven, she became the propelling factor in her education as she poured out her best effort to express what she knows about being a leader.
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