An Educational Challenge Undertaken

Jacob and I
Jacob and I at Lake George

In less than a week, I will be “homeschooling” my grandson, Jacob. An educational challenge to be undertaken. He will be in my home taking advantage of on-demand learning from an organization that specializes in online schooling.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

Late last year he came to me and said he spoke to his mom about “homeschooling.” He gave me a list of reasons why this was important to him. He was the one that discovered the school. And… here we are.

I grew up with a mom who was an educator for 31 years. I remember her early beginnings in an inner-city school in Connecticut. From there she moved to teach 10th and 11th classes that included History, English, and Mythology (What? 😊 Both Roman and Greek). She took on a lot of tough cases and I met many of her students. After a few years, she took on what we called junior high (Now it is called middle school.) teaching English and History.

My mom loved to teach. People often asked what it was like having a parent who taught. Aside from not getting away with much, life was all about teaching. From my earliest years, my mom taught. She indulged in my weekly trips to the library. Taught me to cook and do crafts. She dragged all of us children off to places to learn about the Revolution, minerals and rocks, museums, and science.

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My Mom

Long after she retired, she continued to work in a museum and never stopped teaching or learning…

My Mom left me with a legacy of wanting to know more about…everything, about being curious and learning more.

I have worked hard to pass that on to my children and grandchildren. My 5 children experienced a combination of education with public schools, private schools, and homeschooling. Over the years I have coached and helped numerous parents with school. I love the process of discovery.

Over the last few years, the “pandemic” has changed schools and how they do things. Regardless of where you stand on the topics of COVID, schools or the educational process, there has been a disruption. I spoke to numerous friends who were educators. I learned that it was not unusual for as much as 50% of a class to not “show up”. From my side, I saw Jacob get online to not have teachers show up. And some of the answers to how to make it work were good attempts but often had dismal results.

A child’s education will always require students, teachers, and parents involved in the process. The process can be delivered in many ways, but it needs to undergird the child and their learning style.

And my interactions with the school Jacob is attending provided me with a feeling of confidence. They were extremely helpful in getting paperwork done for the state and were quick to answer questions that I had.

I am going to be writing about the school, the process and how well it works with a 14-year-old.

But here are some bullet points.

Wish us well! 🙂

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