Before schooling option choices are made, it is important to define what the goal of educating our children (and ourselves) actually is.  How will we know how to get “there” if we don’t know where “there” is?  Time is precious.  No one knows that more than a parent.  In my opinion, taking time to think about and discuss this (what learning is and what the goal(s) of education could be etc.) will improve our children’s education far more than taking time to study all the curriculum, options and resources available.  Once we know what our goal is, we will know better how to choose and what to choose.

In The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers she states:

“ (For) the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.”

I heartily agree that “education” is the process of teaching the art of learning and/ or thinking.  This statement begs many questions!

I encourage you to join me in defining the term learning. Ponder the following questions.

  • What does it mean to “learn how to learn”?
  • What is the substance of learning?
  • What is/are the goal(s) of learning?
  • Do “learning” and “thinking” mean the same thing?

Once you write down at least partial answers to these questions, then ponder:

  • How do I think schooling should support learning?
  • What things were included in my own schooling that do or do not align with my idea of learning and thinking?
  • Describe a time when you learned a lot. What was it like?  Where were you?  Who were you with?  How long did the experience last?

Keep these questions handy.  There is not one “right” answer and some of your answers will likely change (at least in the fine details) over time and in different circumstances.

I am convinced that if you ponder these (and similar) questions along with the Principle Based Learning principles, your mind will open to options that will bless your family.  You will make schooling decisions that will help you and your children lead out and influence the world to seek true principles.  As we apply these truths, one person at a time, our world will rise to higher levels of peace and happiness.  Those are lofty ideals, but logic demands that it must be so.  The more people live true principles (A.K.A. obey universal laws), the greater peace and happiness abides.

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