i’ve been reading around in Classical Christian Education again.
i know, i know!
there’s something of a trend to lament the poor education that you, the parent, received. to work hard learning Latin or reading Homer or whatever *hard* thing you don’t want to do, but feel you must. words like rigorous are very important. we set the example of working really hard at things that are no fun, so that our kids will work really hard at things that are no fun.
now, i’m all for rigor, discipline, hard work, focus. but this vision of education seems anemic.
the example i want to set is of a woman fully engaged in her life. a woman who is living with her eyes + ears open. a woman who knows how to learn. it’s the joy that’s missing from most of our education.
Lori at Project-Based Homeschooling describes a learner as someone who is “curious, interested and willing to playfully explore.” that’s what i want to model for my children….and we’re reading the hard books too!