What Preppers Need to Know About Homeschooling
Home schooling and prepping are two concepts that really go together. Think about that.
Prepping means getting your family safely through whatever the world throws at you and in spite of what the world is doing. Our children are our joy, our posterity, and our greatest asset. Home schooling represents a way to make sure they receive the best education possible, regardless of what the world and the government schools are doing.
Megan Stewart and Survival Sullivan have all the information you could ever need about prepper homeschooling. Please read through that carefully if you have any young children in your life.
There’s a reason why government schools (and many privates) are referred to as pre-prisons and communist indoctrination centers. Amy more they are largely holding areas for children and largely concerned with turning out unquestioning, obedient slaves … er … citizens. Any actual education is incidental.
This isn’t the case for all such schools. Some do a great job. It depends on the location, the teachers, and the parents. However, as a general rule, they are in deep decline. See any comparison of any education metric in the U.S. versus the rest of the developed world.
Home-schooled kids get better grades, have better test scores, go to college more frequently, and are better adjusted than their “public” school peers.
Stewart provides a plethora of great info on the growing phenomenon, including:
The problems (many) with “traditional” government education. So many negatives, so little return on investment.
The idea of and definitions of homeschooling.
The Unschooling trend. (BTW, any child who can read and do basic math, can essentially self-teach everything through high school).
The flexibility of the programs.
The benefits for the child (and family).
Necessary record keeping.
So many programs and resources. (You can click through these all day. Maybe you should).
Support and interest groups.
Popular books and materials on the subject.
Choices, choices, choices … including sports, activities, and clubs.
She gives some great success stories.
And she specifically weaves in direct prepper lessons students and parents can learn. Check these out!
Budgeting and expenses are an important consideration. She covers these well.
She gives good tips on picking out the right system or program for your family.
Finally, she covers some of the drawbacks (or perceived drawbacks) to homeschooling. I’d like to specifically respond to a few of these:
“Your kids may experience situations where they are outsiders.”
Most will not. Most homeschoolers fit in better than any other group, just as they have higher scores. And, what’s wrong with being outside of a system that’s gone utterly mad?
“Other people may judge your decision to homeschool and think you are crazy.”
Who cares? Most “normal” people don’t do a lot of thinking about anything. High IQ people know this: higher-minded ideas are usually seen as crazy by the lesser informed or the intellectually challenged. Just because fools don’t understand something does not make it wrong.
“[Home]School is not always fun.”
Nothing is. What’s fun about sitting in a cinder-block room for 12 years, patiently waiting for the slowest peers to catch up? No comparison.
“Friends and relatives may be quick to blame homeschooling for any of your child’s shortcomings.”
Again, who really cares what others “think?”
“Homeschooling still takes time!”
It will but it will be the best spent time imaginable. And it may take far less than you think. Smart kids can fast-forward through years of school drivel in weeks or even days.
Consider all of the great reasons Stewart presents as you explore whether to teach your kids at home – or have them self-educate.
As big as the article is and as much info as it contains, it’s really just the tip of the better learning iceberg. And, that’s one you might want to steer into. Have a close look!
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.