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I love homeschooled kids

February 2nd, 2011 by Marc A. Pitman

It’s a snow day here in Maine. But my kids are plowing through school work. Even the one in public school is doing homeschool work.

I love homeschooled kids.

I have an appreciation for public schooling. We need as many people educated as possible. And I was really good at it, high honors and all that. But one of the things I learned from the classroom was that there was little reward for completing work. I still had to sit there. And people that didn’t complete their work didn’t really have any consequences.

One of the things I learned from the way school was set up (public and private) was the importance of warming a seat. Attendance was half of the battle. And the kids that didn’t act up or cause trouble were the “good kids.”

But homeschooled kids are not only learning the same subjects, they’re learning the importance of work. The system is different. There is a freedom to choose what to work on. And the reward of being able to be done when the work is done.

When I was in New Zealand with my 8 year old daughter, she always started her day doing her math work. It wasn’t her favorite, but she knew if she did it first, she would be done with it for the day.

It strikes me that this is so important with life too. There are increasingly few jobs that reward people for simply warming a seat. Today, people need to know how to work. They need to know what constitutes accomplishing a task and how to manage their own workflow.

As an entrepreneur, I get paid for work I do, not the time I take to do it. Home schooling creates a structure that teaches this by it’s very nature.

Just like my kids are doing today.

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4 responses about “I love homeschooled kids”

  1. Sandra Sims said:

    A thoughtful reflection today Marc… your kids are learning so much more than they realize that will help them out later in life. (P.S. You must be really snowed under to have a snow day IN MAINE!)

  2. Marc A. Pitman said:

    Hi Sandra: We’ve had SO MANY this winter. It’s crazy!

  3. Jeanne said:

    Ahh…yes. So glad my children are not ‘warming a seat’ somewhere. Great thoughts. Thanks.

  4. Marc A. Pitman said:

    I just had a morning full of a field trip to a local dairy. The daughter in the picture and one of her friends. So much fun!

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