We all have them-illusions and agendas. If you are considering homeschooling or are in the process of homeschooling it might be helpful to understand and examine the illusions and agendas attached to homeschooling and education in general. However, due to the nature and cross connectivity of illusions and agendas, a thorough examination of all of the homeschool and educational illusions and agendas would be encyclopedic in size. Therefore, I only hope to provide an awareness of and an open ended method of managing and coping with agendas and illusions by utilizing a few examples and possible strategies.
What is an Educational Illusion/Agenda?
What is education? How is a person educated? Is passing a test a true evaluation of knowledge of a subject? As an educator, what is your goal in teaching the students? If you have two students, one earns an “A” by cheating or by receiving extensive help from friends or family while the other does his own work and gets a “B”, which student is better educated in the subject?
Students, parents and teachers are driven by their agendas and their goals and their positions and by expectations. Grades are given based on illusions that a student has learned what they need to know and that the teachers have taught them what they need to know. The illusions may be a correct educational assessment or they might not be and the agendas may be motivated for the benefit of the student or for the benefit of employers, parents or other influential sources, such as the government.
In a homeschool situation, you as the educator will at some point decide, either consciously or subconsciously, what the agendas are for your child’s education. Will “A’s” be “A’s” because they passed the tests or will an “A” be an “A” because they know the material? Either way, as a homeschooler, you will have to address the illusions of educational times including grade levels and time management and these will influence your answers. You will also have to address your personal agendas. Do you want your child to be a genius level scholar, play sports, be a social butterfly or involved in community projects or other?
Considerations for Personal Agendas and Illusions
A few important things to understand and recognize when considering your educational goals:
• Are your agendas realistic?
• Do your agendas match your actions, expectations and results?
• Do you have a plan to adjust your agenda?
• Do your illusions accurately reflect your goals or your student’s achievements?
• Are your illusions and agendas in line with moral, social and political standards?
• If they are in line morally, socially and politically-should they be? Is that good enough?
• How will other people’s agendas and illusions concerning homeschooling affect you, your child and how will you respond to them?
• What are your child’s agendas and illusions and are they in line with yours for their education?
Before I close this discussion and give you a plan of action, please consider that some illusions are necessary and important to keep. But it is important to be aware of the illusions and agendas so that you are in control of the illusions/agendas instead of them controlling you and ultimately your child’s education.
Plan of Action
1. What is your primary educational goal for your child? Write it down.
2. How will that goal best be achieved? Homeschool, private or public education?
3. Make a list in response to the following question: What do you believe your child needs to know or be educated in or about? Do not limit your responses to typical educational subjects i.e. history, science etc.
4. Who will be responsible for meeting these educational needs?
5. Discuss with your child any educational expectations and how those expectations are to be met.