The Problem with Curriculum

Problem with curriculum

One of the biggest questions anyone who is considering homeschooling gets – even from themselves – is about curriculum.

There was a time when curriculum was hard to find. I know it sounds crazy today, but there was a time when publishers would not sell curriculum to parents, only to schools. There was a time when homeschooling was illegal. I have heard firsthand accounts and met some of these people who put together their own curriculum, used the Bible and other available resources, including letters which arrived in the mail, to teach their children.

We are living in the best of times.

But the time comes with its own downfalls. We have too much. Ask any homeschooler what curriculum they’re using and you’ll know they’re bombarded. Google “homeschool curriculum” and you’ll see what I mean.

In this overbombardment, it is hard to keep it simple.

In fact, I think it is the very ubiquity of curricula that makes everyone want to replicate school at home. The very thing that made parents rebel against public schools, wanting to teach their own children, do things the way their families did them, give children a broader world than schools can ever offer, it is that very thing that now encourages parents to fall back into the old trap, that old box that they fought so hard to break.

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Author: Purva Brown

Writer / blogger at http://TheClassicalUnschooler.com – unapologetically blending two seeming opposites.

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