I’m the girl who could not handle structured schooling, it’s because I’m too much of a leader. In the 1980s, when I was in school, it was common for girls to be more easily manipulated by an authoritative system. It was expected of girls to give in, and learn in silence.
Traditional school works so hard to create submissive students. It crushes leaders.
Many boys are also natural leaders and don’t submit quickly to a authoritative system. It’s actually a good quality! Many kids, like me, resist submission, more and more these days. But schools tend to squelch individuality.
Schools don’t raise up leaders. We often are trying to push our kids into submissive learning, and that’s the main idea of socialized public schools. Get all kids to conform, make them good employees and obedient citizens. What are they trying to REALLY do? Create a population that doesn’t ask hard questions.
THINKING moms want to nurture THINKERS and LEADERS. May your homeschooling style reflect the truest of your values and the most precious of your goals.
What does it mean to raise a THINKER?
- You may raise a child who will question the religion they grew up with.
- You may raise a child who will question what they hear on the news.
- They may question the information in their college textbooks.
- They may question your morality.
- They may question their future boss.
- They may question pop culture.
- They may question family stereotypes.
- They may question popular political policies.
- They may question the motives of loved ones.
- They may question traditional values.
- They may question law enforcement.
- They may question the traditional historic narrative.
- The may question their identity.
- They may question their heritage.
- They may question the main stream thought cycle.
- They may question the wisdom of debt.
Can we all agree we want to raise THINKING children who are brave enough to question everything? Even traditional values and popular reasoning.
If you say you want to raise a THINKER but will shun your child if they ask uncomfortable questions, you are not really raising a thinker.
My teens all went through a stage of deeply questioning my faith, values and political perspective. For example some of them came through this period of intense questioning with a decision to be part of a church that is not like the one they grew up in.
Are you okay with raising thinkers? It’s risky! You may try to say “Be a thinker… but never question…”
And don’t forget kindness, compassion, understanding and personal liberty in the process!