There are certain questions you start getting asked the second your baby exits the womb.
Is she sleeping through the night yet?
(Unrelated side note: the answer to the latter question is no, not yet. She’s 16 months old. Oh, well.)
One of the more surprising ones I have heard regularly, however, is:
Do you know where you’re sending her to school?
We don’t know yet how we are going to educate our daughter (or any subsequent children, should we be blessed with more). We are firm believers that different types of education suit different children better than others, and intend to make our decision when the time comes. We shall see what appears to be the best fit for Lydia as she gets older, and her needs, personality, and interests become more apparent. And as we discover what works best for us as a family (because the rest of us matter, too).
That being said, we have already put a lot of thought into education. So in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of our thought processes on the Education Question so far.
Our leanings will become evident very soon in the discussion, I’m sure, but I want to emphasize again that we do not yet know what we’re going to do. I am aware of many benefits and downfalls to all the options – public school, private school, and homeschooling (or unschooling).
I want to begin by sharing our experiences with schooling (that is, mine and Ben’s), and how that has shaped us and our views on education.
Then, I want to explore how our views on human nature and even our theology shape our feelings about education.
Doesn’t that sound like a good time?
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photo courtesy of rockcreek.