Home schooling?

What? Homeschooling?

Many people ask me….You mean you dont send your kids to school?

Yes, I say. They all want to know why….

I say, let me ask you a few questions….

Why do you send your kids to school?

Learning at School

To learn, ofcourse, they say!

I ask them: How do you expect your kids to learn at school?

Why, from the text books ofcourse, and the teachers etc…

I ask them, what world are you living in? Don’t you know that if you want your kids to learn something from school text books, you are way behind the times? Knowledge is advancing so fast that by the time the textbooks your child gets are out they are already atleast a decade old?

If you want to find out or learn about anything, where do you go to now?

Smart way to learn

Did anyone say ‘google’!

Oh, it is as if a light bulb popped open in their brain…they wonder…..what on earth!

Then they say, aha, we send our kids to school so that they can ‘Socialise’ and learn to mix with other people.

I look at them and ask again, politely…where in the real world would you expect your child, assuming he or she grows up, to ‘socialise’ only with people his same age??

Are you preparing for the Real World

What kind of artificial ‘socialisation’ are you talking about? Would it not be better if your child mixes with their neighboring kids and with their brothers and sisters at home and around? Learning to share and play together?

By this time, the parent who asked me the question is left wondering why he or she did not think of all this before.

I reassure them, that there is still time. If you believe your kids are the most precious gifts you have, you would do your best for them. Since you thought that sending them to school was the best you could do for them, you did that. Now that you know there are better ways, think about it. Plan it as a family, pray about it. See if you have the necessary time and resources to homeschool.

Hey, homeschooling works!

Then be ready to change!

Hope you have a wonderful day ahead. Life is full of challenges and changes.

Published by Dr. S. P. Mathew

A Mumbai-based practising Physician, passionate about God's wonderful creation, fitness, and integral health, writer, activist and family man. Saved by God's Grace alone :-) to be his Ambassador.

5 thoughts on “Home schooling?

  1. True ! Homeschooling is not all about teaching-learning,text-books, workbooks, school schedules and report cards, but about families working together and sharing real life experiences. Through homeschooling you can share the laughs, heart-warming teachable moments and challenges along the way, and watch your little one explore and meet the challenges the world offers.
    Check the link below for more tips, hints and help on home-schooling; share and exchange view/ ideas, get free help on homeschool worksheets and a lot more.


  2. Hi achacha,
    So great to read your blog. Your thoughts on homeschooling are thought provoking indeed.
    I agree with you completely that homeschooling offers a great alternative to children who might otherwise be victim to social compartmentalization and unpreparedness for real life (as the cartoon suggests). However, I do strongly believe (and I am sure you know from personal experience) that homeschooling demands a tremendous combination of discipline, maturity, dedication, perseverance, patience, planning, deep thinking, and commitment on the part of parents – traits I have absolutely no doubts Mona chechi and you are abundantly blessed with – but am uncertain many young parents are as blessed with. Also so little is known about the realities of homeschooling, many are hesitant to venture into this unchartered territory.
    It is awesome that you are writing this blog. It indeed sets one thinking. I hope you will share with us in the days to come your experiences home-schooling. I would love to read them. I will be closely following your blog, count me in as your fan 🙂 Love to Mona chechi, Grace, Mark, and Nancy. Prayers,Christa.

  3. Simply put…. CHALLENGING !!! Christa told me about you blog.
    Scared to take on such a HUGE responsibility.
    Sincerely commend you on your confidence, perseverance and undoubtedly capability.

    I’ll be following… alongside Christa.
    I’ve heard that Grace, Mark and Nancy are doing great.
    Warm regards, Caesar

  4. Hi Dr. SP. Thanks for this post. This is an important area that we in India need to consider. Great images too! Look forward to a lot more on this subject on your blog. With love and regards

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