Home Education is one result of an untimely education system that, for whatever reason, does not continue to fit our needs.
Lifting our children up and out of the “system” says that we knew that the education system that they were using was not working. That choice says to everyone that we wanted something better for them.
But I must ask the question, “So, if we removed our children from a system that wasn’t working, did we bring that system home with us; clean it up and put a new face on it?” I would almost have to say that giving our children something better is just as much in jeopardy today as it was the day we lifted them up from the “system”. It’s in jeopardy because we took the “system” home with us instead of leaving it behind. We still want better for our children, but do we even know what better looks like? The answer to that question should either inspire you or scare the devil out of you. Because either way you know that a radical change must be made in someone’s thinking about education in order to make it happen.
It inspired BEE to listen to child psychologists like Jean Piaget on Child Development and Rudolf Steiner about Temperaments and Child Development and how that effects learning within the Whole Child. We studied Learning Styles and Brain Development along with Learning Disabilities and Behavior Modification. Then turned to the business world and asked them what they were looking for when hiring new employees and what skills they believed were necessary for success in their world. What we came to understand was that no two children were alike; no “one size fits all” system of education works; that there is more to intelligence than critical analysis and reasoning of words and numbers with testing; and that, most appalling of all, is that we are still demanding our children learn through a system used to educate people for the time of the Industrial Revolution rather than our high paced Technological Economy.
Our current economic system has embraced Technology and its fast pace. We have no idea what will be available for our children in the future. If we have no idea about the future, then we have to assume that it will be very different. If it is going to be very different, then we need a very different approach to educating those who will be a part of that unknown world.
BEE understands that the Home Educating Community has an opportunity, right now, to start the change that will recover education in this country for all our children. An education system that sees all children as intelligent, inquisitive, having a passion for something and a need to succeed; a system that will develop classes, workshops, units of study, programs, internships and opportunities for each and every child to succeed; a system that encourages self-esteem, positive emotional health, movement, self-awareness, critical thinking and problem solving.
Home Educators must take education from a mechanical system of units and measurements to an organization of cooperative relationships, feelings and motives. Bring a totally new dynamic of learning into the community that incorporates academic materials into practices, exercises and trainings to understand how to use academics in practical and useful ways. A knowledge that communicates, expresses, redefines, reorganizes, contemplates, innovates and recreates itself over and over again to solve old problems and meet new challenges. An organization that can be utilized and run as a living system of processes that effect and depend on one another to sustain itself and produce high quality results.
If this is the kind of change you want to see in education, then come join us and help change the face of education, one student at a time. bix-bee.org