In my previous post, I talked a bit about how the schools, whether public or private, can miss the mark when it comes to educating (in its truest sense) your child. There are a few more reasons that could be added to those listed, but you can understand the dilemma. Yet there is another main reason why you should heavily consider supplementing your child’s education. Webster’s Dictionary from 1828 defines education this way:
EDUCA’TION, noun [Latin educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
The Latin definition according to The University of Notre Dame’s Latin Dictionary is as follows:
educo : to draw out, lead out, march out/ bring up, rear/ issue.
What would you have drawn out of your child? Are the schools able to draw or lead anything worthwhile and individual out of them? Or are they, as originally intended to, currently designed to take each child and conform them to some predetermined way? Conforming is not always bad, but it is not always good either and when it comes to their future, it may mean a lot of struggles ahead. So as we are thinking about our children’s future let us…
Think Globally, Not Locally
Employability is the New “It” Factor
Your child’s future is dependent upon whether they can compete globally, not just locally. Your sons and daughters, no matter what field they decide to get into will be vying with others of similar career aspirations around the world. The term being used in the workforce is “Employability” and there is good reason. Most of us have had an encounter with at least one person who, despite having graduated from college with an advanced degree in their field, they lacked the ability to apply that knowledge in practical ways. Employability implies that the candidate must not only have knowledge, but must have the wisdom to apply that knowledge in creative productive ways.
Considering the shortage within different industries of suitable employees, and the shipment of jobs from one country to the other (to better capture a ripe workforce) along with government taxes and regulations, I dare say that our children will be subject to a much more fluid work environment. It’s not just about knowledge anymore. It really never was. It’s more about creativity and the ability to teach oneself new concepts and adapt to new challenges within a global market. The old saying, “It’s not about what you know, but who you know”, will still remain, but in a very small way. With the world becoming increasingly smaller due to the availability and increasing speed of the internet, it is much more about how fast can one adapt and think outside the box.
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Speaking of thinking outside the box, do you remember the days when our parents or grandparents stayed at a job for years, even making a career out of it? It seems like those days are long gone. We all know someone who has moved jobs at least once a year. Maybe we are that someone. I’ve always wondered how you could go through at least 30 days of training and work hard just to quit within a year and do it all over again somewhere else. Employers wonder the same thing, but not with a passive thought. According to a CNBC article, it is estimated that a typical company spends between $15,000 to $25,000 to replace just one employee. That’s a LOT of money! And as you know, every business would like to spend the least money possible, which makes employee retention extremely important. With job hopping becoming more acceptable, it is only seen as so in certain cases. There are research studies on this very topic, so many that I haven’t the time to go over them here. (To find more information click on the links below.) But the results all pointed towards a knowledge and confidence within the employee, their abilities, and their end goal. If job hopping is needed to advance your career or you are seeking a skill set that your current job doesn’t provide access to then it is okay to change jobs every year or two. This is only acceptable provided you eventually settle down for at least five or six years at one business. But if there is no knowledge and confidence in yourself, abilities or plan and your work history is haphazard then it works against you. This is why developing your child’s many gifts and abilities and helping him maintain his natural child-like enthusiasm for learning and creating. The very tools that will help your child compete in this increasingly competitive job market.
Those who are able to afford the most elite prep schools, have understood this for centuries. This is why there are infants on these schools’ waiting lists. The prep school is a tool. The public school and mainstream private school are less effective tools, which require a bit more supplemental approach from the parents and students alike, but tools nevertheless. The homeschool utilizes innumerable tools, some of which are not in vogue with the schools of today, yet provide plenty of fodder to tinker, think critically, explore, and be creative. All while developing confidence in ones’ abilities and self-identity without worrying about being “cool”. Think of supplementing as being a part-time homeschooler without all of the benefits of full-time homeschooling, but also without all of the time and effort needed. A way for your child to have a safe place to be who they truly are and learn what they desire, in their own way, all while bonding with you! Get started today!
“Knowledge can become obsolete overnight,” Tan says. “It is important to prepare our students to be agile and adaptable, with the right mindset of lifelong learning.”
Just a word of caution, there may come a time when part-time homeschooling may not be enough. That is when you should seriously consider going full-time, and when you do, I’ll be right here for you.
In the meantime, check out these sources for more information: