Home schoolers are survivors. I can’t think of a better way to cultivate a survival mindset in children than to do school with them at home.
There’s less of a stigma or negative stereotype about home schooling these days. Employers are recognizing the good work ethic and family values held by young people who have been home schooled. More and more colleges are making it easier for home schoolers to enroll without always requiring a GED for entrance.
Oh, sure, there are those who still oppose home schooling. They often use the socialization issue as an excuse. You know, they say children should mingle with others their own age in a classroom setting.
I heard a wonderful illustration about this very thing once. Suppose you took a large group of six-year-olds to a play area at a fast food place. Before long those kids are carrying on and acting silly. Is that behavior what you want your child to imitate? Of course not! You want to raise a mature adult.
Children who are home schooled relate much better to people of various ages because they haven’t been age segregated. Besides, there are plenty of home school support groups these days offering numerous activities for families and their children. Poor socialization isn’t a serious issue.
That’s just one example out of many I could point out, but I don’t want to get bogged down. We taught our children all the way through to grade twelve, so I know something about these things.
Children who are home schooled are self starters and nonconformists by nature. They’re used to being in a different setting than the rest of the world around them. That’s what makes them good survivors.
If you’re not already home schooling your children, I encourage you to consider it. As with any other area of survival and preparedness, it will take thought and planning, but it’s definitely worth it.