...I went to school. I was taught history, science, English and math. There are lots and lots of things I do not know about those subjects. Does that mean there are gaps in my knowledge? Or does it just mean that no one can know everything there is to know? Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life by Rue Kream
My kids get asked questions all the time, especially by others who know they homeschool. That's okay. That's life. Life for unschoolers who are out there and open about our different educational lifestyle.
Sometimes the kids know the answer to the question, to the educational quiz. Sometimes they don't. I usually just smile when their lack of an answer is pointed out to me.
Why? Simply because I am aware of the fact that my kids do KNOW a lot of stuff, that they do have gaps in areas of less interest but surpass the school curriculum knowledge in other areas. It is not a race or even a competition.
And what is more, my kids have the tools for learning. They can research, find out information when and if the need or interest arises, can study, can think for themselves ( tell me about it, when we have our next heated disagreement! ), can talk about ideas, can work hard and also know how to have fun, can pray.
They are not perfect. They are not academic gurus.
Neither am I.
We all have gaps in knowledge but at least the interest in learning, that spark, still exists for my kids. They have made connections.
I think education is important, but my view of education is that children need the classical tools of learning more than they need to amass a great store of information. Read The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers ~
Is not the great defect of our education today--a defect traceable through all the disquieting symptoms of trouble that I have mentioned--that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects," we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.
Or Newman ~ Idea of a University ~ But education is a higher word [than instruction]; it implies an action upon our mental nature, and the formation of a character; it is something individual and permanent, and is commonly spoken of in connexion with religion and virtue. When, then, we speak of the communication of Knowledge as being Education, we thereby really imply that that Knowledge is a state or condition of mind..
Or, as Kumon says - It is how we learn~ It is our job as educators, not to stuff knowledge into children as if they were merely empty boxes, but to encourage each individual child to want to learn, to enjoy learning and to be capable of studying whatever he or she needs to or wishes to in the future. Mr Toru Kumon, Founder