Judah is now a few weeks into his first ever school experience. Here in Washington high school students can attend community college and earn college credit during their Junior and Senior years. Judah is taking: Criminal Justice, English 101 and History. So far he is loving the classroom experience and the competition with fellow students!
His History teacher recently passed out the results from a pop quiz and said, “It couldn’t have been that hard, someone got 10/10”. That someone was Judah! The teacher said the average score on the quiz was 4.5…so yes, he’s doing well.
Last week Judah asked me to proofread a paper he had written for one of his classes…and I in turn asked if I could quote parts of it here. The paper was a discussion of Walker Percy’s view on education. If it sounds a bit broken, it is because I am just quoting the parts about homeschooling, not sharing the entire five-page paper.
Don’t lose heart, dear homeschooling moms! Here is my 16-year-old son’s perspective on homeschooling.
I was homeschooled all my life and this quarter is my first experience of “school”. I put school in quotation marks because I mean the classroom experience. As a homeschooler I did do school, just in a different way than the public schooler.
Judah circa 2006
Elementary schools seems ridiculous to me; the fact that we have seven year olds sitting in class for however long they sit there does not create a stimulating environment. When I was that age I would play games with my siblings. We had quite a few alternate realities where we pretended to be people we created in our imaginations and would play all sorts of games. I believe this is a much better environment for a developing mind.
Judah and friend at Civil War Reenactment circa 2006
We would go in the backyard and catch tadpoles and caterpillars and watch them metamorphosis. My classmates were my siblings- 13 of them! We would do experiments and school work together. I am very glad I was homeschooled as it was a fantastic experience…
In response to Percy’s writing, he wrote:
Ironically I dissected a dogfish; however the educational packet was probably a lot less than in public school. My sister and I put on latex gloves and surgical masks. Brandishing scalpels we proceeded to dissect the dogfish. As far as I remember we did not follow any scientific procedures but just cut up the dogfish in any which way, probing and satisfying our curiosity much like the young Falkland Islander.I am very glad I was homeschooled as it was a fantastic experience and I believe that there is also less of an educational packaging involved. It is tough to learn this way in schools because a lot of students see school as boring and their parents are forcing them to do it. I am not saying I never disliked my schoolwork though!
I hope this is encouraging to you fellow homeschool moms. Seven year old boys don’t always like to sit still and “do their schoolwork”. Many times I have wondered if we were “doing enough” and if I was “preparing them”.