A New Term - Family Directed Learning
© Beverley Paine
My friend Nancy recently introduced me to the the term "Family Directed Education" because it covers all the many ways education can be attained. It isn't always family based, it need not but can be a school temporarily or permanently, and it is directed by the family, as opposed to an authoritarian and coercive government institution. The means and methods can be changed, combined, modified, or designed for the current needs of the students -- and the term does not omit any of the myriad opportunities for learning. Whether it's through a prepared curriculum, trade books and field trips, services of a tutor, co-op classes, apprenticeship, volunteer activities, or a specialty school, it is still Family Directed Education.
I find that when people feel brave enough to honesty declare their opinions and beliefs conflict always arises. I don't shy away from conflict as I've found that my greatest learning occurs when I'm in conflict. Balancing my emotional response/reaction with my intellectual response/reaction seems to help me construct positive thoughts.
Beverley Paine is a mother of three young adults and a prolific writer of homeschooling articles. More articles and essays can be found in her books, available from the Always Learning Books online bookstore.
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