Okay, I admit it, I can be a snob. I was homeschooled all the way, so I tend to think that a lot of education issues would be solved if more people would homeschool. But let’s be honest; there are a huge number of people that for one reason or another can’t homeschool, or it would be a bad choice for them. I knew a dear family that tried homeschooling, and it just didn’t work for them.
When my co-workers asked if I would attend a seminar on behalf of the office on online education I said yes, but was prepared to be bored out of my mind. I mean, what did I care about the subject? With that in mind I headed for the conference, little knowing that I was in for a big surprise.
The keynote speaker was a man by the name of Michael Horn. He and many others talked about the amazing potential for online education. After about fifteen minutes I was enjoying myself. It was so neat to hear about something that could truly help the broken education system. Online education could easily make it so that every child, including homeschoolers, can have access to classes and experts that they haven’t had before.
Although I enjoyed the seminar immensely, I was reminded of something that I too often forget; homeschooling is not an option for everyone. We who are homeschooled often forget that fact and point our fingers at the public education system. Yes, they have an issue, that is why our parents chose to keep us home, but that doesn’t mean we should write them off. We should be champions of bettering the education system for those who need it.
Well, that is what I learned this week on the job. What have you been learning?