Toward the end of chapter 5, Wilson talks about teachers loving what they are teaching. I struggle with this because I really dislike math. I can see the result of that in Anabelle. She is good at math but it is a drudgery for her and I don’t know how to make it lovely for her. I’m dying to put her in an online math class 😆 So does anyone have any great ideas on how to love teaching math?
It sounds like no one has any ideas for teaching math. 🙂 Math is not my favorite subject, but I do enjoy learning how to do math in a new way. We use Singapore Math, and the concepts are somewhat different from what I learned as a kid. Even though I don’t love math, I try to approach it with a coach’s mentality of here we are, here’s how to do this, this is a piece of cake, you can do this!!
Chapter 10 is on homeschooling. Wilson does a good job of evaluating both the positives and negatives of homeschooling. He does raise good points about the rigorous level of high school classes, questioning whether or not a homeschool can provide the appropriate level of education for all of those secondary subjects. However, 30 years after the publishing of his book, we now have tons of resources to use if we continue to homeschool during the high school years. At some point, I will need to switch my kids over to a math program where someone else does the teaching because I am not sure I will be able to do the lessons justice. I’ve heard that Teaching Textbooks is a fantastic program to use. His opinions are definitely worth thinking about.
I totally agree Jaime! I love that there are so many new resources out there for homeschool families. Wilson’s school, Logos, has online classes now as well. I really struggle with this sometimes because I think that a quality private school could do a better job than I can and I would do a good job of being involved in the school and continuing the education at home. I want so much for my kids and don’t want to fail them. Can’t wait to read chapter 10!
I misspoke. I planned this week to finish Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. There are some helpful things after the last chapter, so take this week to finish those up and we’ll jump in to the Christmas spirit next week! Can’t wait!
Chapter 12: Summary. That chapter says it all! I wonder what Uncle Doug would say about current public education if he added a sequel to this book. And I wonder what his opinion of current Christian schools would be, besides Logos School.
Something very encouraging: Doug helped start the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). They accredit and hold accountable Christian schools who join the association. Looking at the map of all the schools in the country, it is obvious parents are unsatisfied with the state of private schools and are willing to put in the work to change the situation 👏🏻