Today is one of those homeschooling days that make me so incredibly grateful that I found the courage to homeschool. My 10 year old had an assignment (I write most of them myself) that he had to 1.)Think of an environmental problem, 2.)Determine what he believed to be the cause, and 3.)Come up with a solution. This is based on the Common Core requirement that fifth graders should be able to identify a problem/issue and come up with a possible solution and be able to explain their ideas.
So, my 10 year old decided that air pollution would be his problem to solve. He decided that we needed to reduce carbon emissions. Solution: drive automobiles less and reduce our country’s use of coal and natural gas. He wants to replace most coal, natural gas and oil with wind and solar energy. I think this is great for his age and we started talking, as well as his 8 year old brother, about how that would work and the pros and cons to solar and wind power. Both boys got so excited that they decided that they should try to design vehicles that used mostly wind power. My 10 year old got out paper and pencil and started designing a semi with wind turbines on it. I did not try to explain to them the issues. I just let them dream. That’s why I’m homeschooling.
I want them to think beyond the box…to dream of other possibilities. How can we become a country of innovators when our schools won’t even allow children to choose their own clothing? How can children grow into adults with problem solving skills if schools have taken away all of their choices?
A lady at the dentist told me the other day that both of her daughters grew up wearing uniforms and being told what classes to take, etc. and they are both fully functioning adults and teachers to boot! Then she told me that they always liked the uniforms because it allowed them to focus on other things. THEN she added how much said daughters wish they could wear uniforms in their jobs today and I laughed. You see, in my mind, they can! You can wear a polo and dress pants or a shirt if you want to. IT IS YOUR CHOICE. But her daughters can’t see that. They are bound by the idea that they need someone to tell them what to wear everyday. How creative and innovative are they as teachers then if they are frustrated with not being told what to wear?
By encouraging my children to think, engineer, design, problem solve and learn to love learning, I am giving them a world filled with possibilities.