Technology and Home Schooling

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This is my second year teaching my 11 year old from home. (now grade 6). 

Considering the OBE scholastic system and the curriculum the schools teach, bound together with the lack of skilled teachers being afforded the opportunity to teach our children, even if you as a parent didnt pass matric or even Grade 10 (Std 8), your child is better off being taught at home by you than in the schools - unless you are sending the child to a private school which then means that you are spending an arm and a leg without the guarantee of work when they matriculate.

With the internet, these kids have such a large choice of subject matter which they would prefer to study other than the current curriculum (be it local or international), that it makes one wonder whether we shouldnt have done this ourselves (although the net wasnt around when i was schooling - pity).  With a littleof your time, guidance, support and seeking the subject matter you require, your child is able to obtain the information required to learn subjects that make sense to him/her and that would be applied should they be lucky enough to secure a job post matric - ie  teaching the child subject matter like AIDS, Sex and how to have it safely by using condoms, highlighting  so called Heros such as Brenda Fassi, or George Bush - one has to wonder whether we are producing thinkers or do-do's.  This matter is being taught in the schools and as an 11 year old AIDS can be covered in a 5 minute discussion (absolute basics), sex as far as i am concerned should not - as this promotes promiscuity.  As for hero's such as Brenda Fassi who firstly was a singer and had a totally immoral way of conducting her personal life-  with such a lack of morals i am surprised she was even mentioned, George Bush who  is an ignorant murderer..killing innocent women and children in wars based on lies and greed, etc.  Now as a thinker these people mean nothing to me and could not be looked up to as a role model let alone a hero.  As for the sex and aids subjects - we are currently looking a rising statistics when it comes to AIDS, teenage pregnancies, rape, etc....this could only be attributed to the amount of marketing and ïn your face"advertising that these kids are exposed to. Clearly the same marketing to create awareness as well as the education given to kids has created such a problem, it is obvious it is not working.   

Getting back to technology - my son currently finds the stats pertaining to these things and while he may not totally understand the bigger picture, he does know what AIDS is and most importantly that promiscuity leads to teenage pregnancy, alcohol and gambling being the demise of family units, etc.  Obtaining stats and good subject matter is what technology provides us with (in many cases) but also allows the child to look at it from different perspectives which creates thinking in the process. Schools provide only one way of thinking - right or wrong, yes or no.    if it werent for the net, he might have still been learning from the books provided by the school which in so many cases provided incorrect information and which the teacher would not budge in terms of rectifying it - because it was part of the curriculum.  Right or wrong, teach it.

I have not looked back and truly believe that kids of today, with the advancement of technology, are becoming very creative.  While the kids are young as with my son, allow them the advantages of technology, in all spheres because even gaming can create an awareness and creativity unlike no other.  Harnassing those skills linked to technology as well as the information that is available on the net plus using your own experiences, your own understanding of things - it is this type of learning by the kids of today that should create a well rounded and balanced child just like my 11 year old.

Let them think, allow them to ask questions and allow them to resolve issues in a few different ways.  As long as the answer is the same, all are right.  And then finally let technology lead them and allow them them to become engineers of our future.  They have already begun....

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NetizenSA
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NetizenSA Monday, 04 June 2012

Socializing

I've always wondered how does a home schooled kid socialize? I feel that with homeschooling I could give them a better education but I feel that their social skills may suffer.

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guardian angel Monday, 04 June 2012

social skills

believe it or not NetizenSA, they socialise quite well, whether it be with other kids in the neighbourhood, their siblings and probably even better, with their parents. they tend to be a little more mature than the norm but there is nothing wrong with that in that they are continually fed with information that requires thinking. my son has 2 friends who in turn invite their friends and they play soccer in the yard (we have a huge one), he interacts with his elder brother and then family when it warrants it. my son tends to get bored with the immature things and puts things into perspective quicker than the other kids - he almost takes the lead which i love. A good entrepreneur is a good leader. nothing wrong with that. it is well worth the effort we put in though. We work from home so i get to see him all of the time as opposed to when i was in corporate (Human Resources Mgr) for 25 years....gruelling, neglected family and travelled - everything i now hate. If you have an opportunity, do it. you would never look back

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redsaid Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Hats off to you

I've always admired parents who have the dedication to put in the time and effort it takes to homeschool their kids. So wow, hats off to you! Do you think you will ever send him back to a traditional school environment? Say, for high school or part of it? Or are you in it 'til the end? Well done to both of you!

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guardian angel Tuesday, 12 June 2012

In for the Long Haul

Hi Redsaid. have to say i am in for the long haul and cannot ever see him going back into the normal scholastic system. It is shallow, uninformative, in many cases incorrect, teachers are not qualified and do not create thinking kids. They teach from the books only. Nothing more,nothing less. i really dont want my child to grow up thinking that he can only do something one way utilising a specific formula. I want him to know that creativity and thinking is what we want him to do so that when he approaches a fork in the road and needs to make a decision, whether he takes the left or right fork, his ability to think and be creative will allow him to succeed in whatever situation. schools dont allow that sadly. When he gets to matric level, we can enrol him into Cambridge College - there are also a couple of other options that will allow him to move forward, without the government system. You might have heard that recently a teacher was fired because he gave some of his students 0% for not completing a project. Why was he fired? Because he failed to give a mark to the students. He was expected to give a mark, if not for incompletion then for ability to attempt the task. I don't want my child to obtain a mark for attempting something. He has to succeed at it in order to get marks and it is appalling to think that our education system allows this. i want him to also become an entrepreneur, not an academic. today BEE is in and he wont find a job no matter how hard he tries, so if he does not become a thinker and natural entrepreneur, he wont cope -something that we are not prepared to see happen. so long haul it is hahaha...what the hell - life is short so let me spend the time with him. thanks for the comment

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