14 October 2013

Should The Experts Be Getting Advice From The Amateurs?

A homeschooling family from Montgomery, Alabama is wowing many across the nation as six of their ten children have enrolled in college by the age of twelve, and the four remaining hope to do the same.

Kip and Mona Lisa Harding state that they are simply raising the “average family,” but credit their children’s success to homeschooling and encouraging their children to pursue their passions at a young age.

Pursuing passions is something often missed and overlooked in our cumbersome, institutionalized, cookie-cutter government schools. It's something my wife and I tried to encourage (though we stumbled at times) in our children - whether that be music, writing, or agricultural pursuits. I've always believed that God gives all of us talents and passions (interests) for a reason. I've counseled many a young man to pay attention to two things when you're considering what to do with your life:

1.) What do you love to do and what do you find interesting that can be harnessed to produce something useful or serve your fellow man?

2.) What are you good at?

Those are things God gives us and it is our responsibility to cultivate those things to become productive members of society. That's what seems to be happening with this family proving, once again, that you really don't need "experts" to educate your children, despite what the crumbling educational monopoly tells you.

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