I love the concept of ‘begin with the end in mind’ from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Lately, I have kept coming back to it with regards to education and my home schooling. If you have been around for a while you know that I have been rethinking my homeschooling practice in the last few months….really, I am often thinking (or over thinking) most things in my life but I think that is where growth comes from.
To really simplify home schooling I want to take a look at the output and then work back to figure out how to get there. So, over the past few weeks, I have brainstormed what I think would make a successful and rounded education for my children to be ready for life or college. I started this idea from my reading of The Art of Non-Conformity and Chris’ ideas of a self-directed masters and was trying to see how it might relate to elementary/high school education. This is the list I have come up with and I wanted to know your thoughts or if I am missing anything:
- Different musics/composers/instruments/eras/cultures
- Different art/artists/forms/eras/cultures
- Different sports and their rules
- Math including algebra and geometry
- Reading – well, and enjoying nonfiction reading for learning
- Complete (but basic) history of the world. All areas of the world in chronological order and how they affected each other as they started to interact.
- Basic biology, chemistry, and physics
- Play 2 instruments well enough to enjoy them
- Speak 2 languages well enough to be comfortable communicating
- Know the Bible – all the books and stories, salvation, and big picture story and prophecy. Where we came from, where we are going, and why
- Be comfortable writing 1000 words a day
- Proper grammar
- Ability to do public speaking
- Create and run a business
- Investment, banking and the evils of debt
- Housekeeping, laundry, cooking
- Understanding of different world views – that other people can come to very logical decisions that are different from ours because of the way they see the world
- Classical literature
- Basic Computers and an understanding of coding (how it all works)
Now, in my education, even after my degree I don’t have even half of these learned to where I would consider them ‘properly mastered’. Education of these things will be a team effort on a lot of levels instead of me being able to teach it all.
Again, just some thoughts. Wanted to through out what we have talked about and get some feedback. Once I can figure out where we are going, it will be easier to make steps to get there.