Family education is not against school

Family education

A common misunderstanding is to see in homeschooling a position against the school, a form of protest against the system.

Nothing could be more false: it would be like saying that those who choose the prolonged time are against those who have chosen normal time. Or how to say that if you subscribe to the musical address is because you are opposed to the artistic address.

Parents who do not send their children to school have in fact legitimately opted for one of the possible ways of educating their offspring, just like those who decided to study Spanish, and not German, or Russian, choosing one of the various possibilities.

In a democratic context of free choice, this should seem normal and daily: parents have the duty to make the most appropriate choices to the characteristics of their children and their family, as we read, among other things, in various norms and in the constitutional text.

Parental education is one of the possible and legally practicable options. Naturally, it underlies the awareness of the serious crisis situation that the school-family-education system is going through. Crisis is also well known to those who instead enroll the offspring to a school.

Discontent with the educational-training system, by itself, is not enough to give an account of the deep motivations of the important diffusion of homeschooling in recent times.

Family education

Those who opt for parental education are motivated by reasons other than the simple criticism or rejection of the school system or by a hypothetical aversion to the latter.

And the motivations are really many, stratified and of different nature: they can be mainly of pedagogical, psychological, social or religious, but also anthropological, scientific, cultural or natural. Informal learning in the family today makes it possible to grasp broad-spectrum objectives, both at an individual and socio-relational level, and at a cognitive level as well as at an emotional and creative level, as revealed by numerous international studies. In this way the potentials for a modern education and education have been identified, flexible, creative and virtuous in all its aspects.

Parents who choose homeschooling for their offspring are often knowledgeable and courageous parents who take full responsibility for an important and eventful decision, as well as the burden (and pleasure) of a practice. Which requires dedication and therefore needs an adequate family organization.

Sometimes these parents have the strength to review or reinvent their professional commitments and careers, downsize their needs and reorganize their family budget. Very often they make themselves available to rethink their way of living , of traveling , of having fun, of being together, of being a family … They have accepted the bet to free themselves from the commonplaces and have decided to take the risk of traveling a new road.

(Spending most of their time with their children, playing with them, etc.), personally providing for the various “educations” that are usually delegated to others: food education, road education, or religious education, or education to affectivity, legality, etc. They decided to inquire and read, to look for books and get questioned, to compare …

They are parents who have passed the phase of complaint, of mumbling, and have decided to regain their role and become protagonists for love.

The inadequacy of educational agencies is not sufficient reason to support the option of informal learning.

Seeing in homeschooling a simple rejection or protest, means not recognizing the real extent of the phenomenon, its complexity and depth.


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