Homeschooling, a social movement.
Get a primer with this TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, on how backdated our education systems are, for the world we are in now, let alone the future.
With the benefits of a one on one tailored education for my son, which I would be fully involved in, I warmed to the idea of home schooling.
The article above also highlights the two main time stealers: school hours and work hours. Homeschooling tackles those two and halts a vicious cycle! A no brainer, surely!
If the Daddyman can pitch in with this with some tweaks in both our work arrangements, he would certainly be the more mature educator, complementing my skill set!
Unfortunately neither of us possess the ideal skill set for teaching mandarin (I can’t seem to find enough baby books with hanyu pin yin for the helpless parents reading aloud to them!) so we’ll be looking out for a Lao Shi to outsource our mandarin, or attend group tuition classes.
Kids often lament about too little time with their parents. Too much time involved travelling to and from school, spending time waiting for the other 39 students to get it, quiet down etc. Therefore, less time to play!
True focussed study really takes 2-3 hours a day, and the rest of the time, let them be bored! Let them play! Let them explore and go learn from soil, ants, puddles, little adventures.
Also, you never have to worry about possible irreversible nonsense your kid may learn at school from other children not so similarly parented. In fact, you can curate the families and circle you hang out with, and not only that, they are more free and confident with all age ranges rather than only really being able to connect with those of the same age.
Lack of platform for inter school and interclass competitions which can be a huge motivator and confidence builder. (More relevant in Secondary school years, I must say)
I will certainly experiment with school for my firstborn and allow myself to be pleasantly surprised with mass national education. Teachers work hard!
But I promise to myself I won’t outsource absolutely everything to the school nor expect them to cover everything I think is worthwhile. Learning goes on after school too! (And as we know, some elite public schools in Singapore are known for being merely testing centres, leaving private tutors to do most of the teaching anyways. I hope to stand corrected.)
It is rather liberating to take this stance, to know what to do to be able to pull him out of school if it isn’t working for us.