Here’s the deal. Not everyone is going to unschool. Or homeschool. Or send their kids to any particular brand of school. Not everyone is going to sell their house and move into an apartment. Or a dump in India. Or a hut in Africa. Not everyone is going to do this thing or that thing or any other thing. Because we’re not cookie cutters. We have our own minds and spirits and personalities and families and callings on our lives.
And that’s my point. I think we sometimes fall into the cookie cutter mentality because it’s easier to go with the American Dream flow than to swim upstream. But I think we’re actually called to swim against that current in many respects. To ask why we’re going with the flow if the real deal is the other way.
I want us (you and me) to learn to think for ourselves, not just blindly buy in to everything everyone says/does/thinks around us. I want us to open our eyes really wide and look long and hard at the status quo. I want us to think through why we do what we do. I don’t want us to do things because “that’s how they’ve always been done.” I don’t want us to stay in a comfortable rut without questioning why we’re there. And I don’t want us scurrying around like headless chickens, trying to cram everything on earth into one short lifetime. Especially stuff that’s not important.
I want us to give some thought to our family’s bigger purpose and how our kids’ schooling fits into the equation.
And, most importantly, I want us to listen for God’s voice, to hear it so clearly that it drowns out all those other loud, obnoxious voices clamoring for our attention in this day and age.
Speaking of God, people of any (or no) faith are heartily welcome to read this book*. As for us, we’re Jesus-followers, and our faith plays a huge role in why we’ve chosen to educate our kiddos at home.
But not for the reasons you might think.
We’re not afraid of public schools and their scary pagan agendas. Our girls attended public schools for years, and we’ve got nothing but nice things to say about their experience.
This isn’t about sheltering our kids or wrapping them in Bible bubble wrap.
It’s about betting the farm on Jesus, pouring our hearts and souls into bringing his kingdom to earth (your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven—Lord’s prayer stuff). And we’ve found unschooling to be the best way to free up our little fam to do that. That’s all.
*(Confession: I stole ^these words^ off the pages of my upcoming e-book. Sorry it’s taking so long to get it published, but we’re leaving for Cambodia in EIGHTY-TWO DAYS!! So much to do!)
I’d love to know one of two things:
1. What educational choice your family has made and how you know it’s the right one. (Don’t feel like you have to defend/prove anything. I just want to know your story!)
2. What other questions do you have about unschooling or our family’s particular experience?