You know that child, the precocious know-it-all that talks enthusiastically and incessantly about arcane topics like 19th century rifling patterns. This child is so ‘odd’. Normal children do not talk like ‘little professors’. Normal children talk about age-appropriate material, like their favorite star on American Idol or the latest episode of Sponge Bob. So, what would our ‘normal’ children talk about if schools didn’t exist or were structured around children’s interests, didn’t use testing to measure success, and encouraged learning as much or more than teaching? They’d be more interesting. They’d be more like many homeschoolers. The weird ones would be the ones who weren’t engaged with the world, their passions, and their destinies. Read what one Mom has to say about the ‘Weirdo’ homeschoolers and let us know what you think.
By Gina Clifford
Gina Clifford is the founder and publisher for SpottyBanana. She is a child-led, project-based learning advocate, an online communications manager for a Fortune 500 company, and a TEDx Organizer. Gina enjoys sharing resources, ideas, news, and voices that prompt readers to ‘think differently’ about education and learning.