Schools Kill Creativity

David sent me an email several weeks ago with a link to this video.  I didn’t watch it immediately because the clip is 20 minutes long, and let’s face it . . . 20 minutes is about 15 minutes longer than my attention span.

However, when I watched it a few days ago, I found myself immediately taking notes on the closest thing that resembled paper–a photo envelope.  This man brings up several interesting points and addresses many issues with the public school system.

Is now a good time to mention that I’m considering home schooling my kids?

Did I just open a can of worms?  🙂

Yes, I’m considering all of our options: public school (100% positive this is not the option for us), charter school (she’s on a lottery list for a school), private school (we’ve narrowed it down to one school and it is pricey, YIKES!), K-12 which is an online charter school, and . . . home school.

There are so many options once you entertain them all, and I’ve been analyzing all the pros and cons for years.

Yes, YEARS. (Before we even knew if we would ever have children, David and I talked about home schooling.)

I have a big decision to make in a few months and I want to behave like an ostrich and stick my head in the sand, wishing all this decision making would just go away!   Can’t my kids just stay little FOREVER?!

I’ll post the pros and cons of each option (in my opinion of course) soon.  Maybe if I write it all out the answer will be clear to me.

8 thoughts on “Schools Kill Creativity”

  1. Well, you know my opinion on homeschooling… I LOVE IT!!! I have a lot of resources for you if you decide to go that route. There’s a website called http://www.principlebasedlearning.com that I think you’ll enjoy. I am dear friends with the lady who put it together, and I have to say that teaching by these principles has made our homeschool more enjoyable AND more effective.

    Good luck in your decision. I have to say that making that decision was hard for me, but now that I have, I know it was the best one for our family. Call me if you want to talk.

  2. haha…dont even get me started- okay Ill start. Well having been a utah transplant and see my younger siblings go through the public school system here, I VOWED if I ever HAD to be here while raising kids ( lol) that they would attend private school as public was sadly VERY VERY lacking. So we put Elijiah in private school the first two years. LOVED it. But this year couldnt afford it – have been on numerous charter school wait lists with no hope of ever getting in, so we put him in public school. SAD! Its so easy for him, they are hardly even IN school, they wanted to test him for smart kid classes- I said hes smart but doesnt need to be in advanced classes- public school just has to start to teach normal stuff- not dumb it down for everyone. Im dying to put him back in private school but honestly cant justify the expense…but really public school leaves SOOO SSOOOO much to be desired. I hear you about home school, may just be the only option 🙂

  3. Thanks for posting that video, Emily. I watched a video from Sir Ken Robinson a few weeks ago at a meeting of our homeschool co-op (actually it’s a co-op based on the website I told you about in my previous comment), and I’m pretty sure it was the same one. I clearly remember being impressed by that story of the little girl who was a dancer.

    My Ben is an artist. He shows it daily in the fact that he is constantly sitting down to draw. Matt hates math and writing, but loves listening to stories. I’ve fussed at him about this, but this video is helping me realize that instead of forcing MY views on him, I need to discover what HIS strengths are and help him develop them. Thank you for reminding of that. It’s actually something I need reminding of a lot. Breaking out of the mold of public school education is harder than I originally expected, and yet I know that it is crucial for the success of my kids.

  4. I went to public school K-3rd grade and I was so smart. I transfered to a Private School in 4th grade and was a C student at best. I gradauted a B/C Student and vowed my children would work for their grades and go to College and I have pushed it and pushed it. My children DO attend a public school but in the TOP School District of Blue Valley in Kansas. I definitely know of the benefits of HomeSchooling (a friend grew up in a H/S environment) as long as you are serious about it and get your children involved in other HomeSchooling groups and activities. While there are benefits to H/S there are also the downfalls of lack of socializing, lack of problem solving with other children (with the help of an adult other then the parent) and classroom options.

    I am in favor of the Public School AS LONG AS it is a top notch P/S and there are lots of courses offered. We only bought the house we live in now because of the School District.

    Just my opinion. Hope that helps! 🙂

    Cathy K.

  5. Well, I do agree that the US public school system is lacking. We had Elizabeth in a private Episcopal school when we were in Louisiana.

    Having said that, I think homeschooling takes a very focused parent (I’m a slacker) and I had a moment with Claire the other day that I really loved. I dropped her off at school and she ran onto the playground. When her little friend Marissa arrived, Claire ran over to her and you could just see the joy on her face when playing with her peers….It was so sweet.

    Also, the girls have both shooed me off the playground at different times. There is something to be said for the independence and confidence learned at school….. There is benefits to learn to navigate groups of children.

    Don’t get me started on teasing and bullying though. It makes my blood pressure rise.

    I think schooling is a very personal decision Em. Good luck deciding what is best for your kids.

    xo

  6. It is hard to decide whats the best place for them . I totally agree Public school out of the question. I wrestle with the idea of homeschooling, but realized I am going to have limitations so I ended up finding a private Christian school near our home that I am going to enroll Aiden in. He needs the disciple, socialization, and structure outside the home esp with his background and age.

  7. Oh my! Thanks for all the feedback! I will address more of my thoughts and opinions in a future post, but for now, I will respond to you . . .

    @Kelley: I will call you! Thanks for the link, I will check it out. 🙂

    @Amber: I was wondering which school you sent Elijah too in SLC . . . also, there is a charter school by my house, Lincoln Academy, that you might want to check out. They may have openings. Also, the school I’m looking into for Hannah is American Heritage which is right across the street from the Timp. temple. It is an LDS school, so the gospel is tied into everything they learn. It would be $365.00 a month for Elijah (or 4,380 a year) I’m not sure if that is less than the school Elijah went to, but you might want to check out their site. I’ve been very impressed with their school. http://american-heritage.org/index.html

    @Cathy: Kansas does have good schools! Too bad we no longer live in Blue Valley School District!

    @Rebecca: You would be a great home schooler if you decided that you wanted to take that route one day! I agree, kids need camaraderie, and I love to see Hannah interact with her ballet friends when she sees them at ballet school. They seriously, LOVE each other. TOO CUTE. Like you, my blood starts to BOIL when I think about teasing, and bullying . . . that is my #1 reason to home school. I don’t want to place my daughter in a possible hostile environment that is not supervised 100% of the time.

    @Leigh: I say good call for Aiden. Considering his background, age and other factors, I think he will thrive in a good Christian school. What a new concept to a little Chinese boy! Christ? Who is Christ?! 🙂

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