Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko is a Dundas Ontario-based writer who home-schools with her husband and three daughters. For the last five years they have been producing Radio Free School, a weekly radio show by, for and about un-schoolers. Beatrice will be writing six columns on the subject of home-schooling.
This is 1st article in the series:
Minding your own – Home based education
Stefanie Mohsennia is a librarian, a self-described “sit down, read and write type.” She liked school and did very well. But as a parent, she began to see that her son’s learning style differed from hers; she became concerned the school would be unable to answer his needs.
Basics, like the structure of the school day, interfered. Mohsennia said her seven-year-old son “would not be interested in math at 8 or 9 a.m. in the morning.”
“Why sacrifice his love of learning?” she asks.
She took a big step and decided to home-school her son. But ironically, to home-school, she had to leave her home.
Mohsennia relocated to Canada from her native Germany, where home education is legally verboten.
Home-schooling is legal everywhere in Canada. Mohsennia’s son joins the 80,000 kids estimated by the Canadian Centre for Home Education who are being home-educated as the movement to teach your own grows steadily.
An increasing awareness, understanding and respect for different kinds of learning styles and multiple types of intelligences are stirring the public conscience.
An intensive parenting trend is driving this “profound culture shift,” says Professor Scott Davies, a sociologist at McMaster University in Hamilton.
According to Davies, an “underlying culture” among middle-class parents that “prioritizes the needs of the individual child” leads to a “highly individualized conception of learning, one that prizes a customized experience to enhance a child’s personality, idiosyncratic talents, cognitive style and sense of self.”
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