Mid-Columbia Partnership: Providing Options for Home schooling Parents, 9 May 2008, KNDO/KNDU, Yakima, Washington
A local organization is helping parents who homeschool their kids. The Mid-Columbia Partnership program continues to grow. It’s now serving about 150 students by providing free classes that homeschooling parent (sic) might not be able to teach.
Science Teacher Melissa Edington says, “I think our families are finding out that the traditional classroom is not a great fit for everybody and so it’s nice that there are different options.”
This puts me in mind of the programs that hand out formula in maternity wards ‘just in case’ Mom doesn’t have ‘enough milk.’
The Mid-Columbia Partnership program is part of the Kennewick school district in the state of Washington.
Mid-Columbia Parent Partnership (509) 222-xxxx
I don’t include this so that anyone can call (please don’t), or to prove a conspiracy, or anything else dire. It’s just that saying that a “local organization” is helping the hapless homeschooling parents who “might not be able to teach,” whatever it is that the (institutionally schooled?) parents can’t grasp, seems to me to be disingenuous. It’s just like giving formula to new moms in case their ‘supply is inadequate.’ Somebody’s got an agenda, and it ain’t independent action on the part of the beneficiaries.
Formula feeding just about guarrantees an ‘inadequate milk supply’ since breastfeeding is a supply & demand process. The more the baby nurses, the more the mom makes milk. The less the baby nurses, the less milk mom produces. That’s why we moms who once nursed babies, but who have enough years under out belts to now have grandbabies, aren’t still leaking big wet spots onto our shirts. No nursing = no milk. Of course, there are instances where there is a problem for the nursing couple for which formula is a solution, but overall ‘more nursing = more milk.’
A rough analogy can be made to homeschool ‘teaching.’ The more a parent learns with the child about subjects the parent feels unable ‘to teach,’ the better equipped the parent is to help the child learn more. The farther away from the learning that the parent is, the less the parent and child have in common (concerning the subject at hand), and the less the parent will know about what the child has learned about the subject.
An additional benefit is that when the parent and child learn together both of them are enriched. Homeschooling benefits not only children who are learning, but also parents who may not have ‘qualified’ for a subject in school, or who perhaps did poorly in the subject. I wasn’t physics material for class attendance purposes (math is my Achilles heel, or maybe more of an Achilles leg), but when my kids and I watched physics videos at home, I learned something (semi-formally) that I had only observed in passing — physical causes and effects. My favorite source was The Mechanical Universe, and Beyond, a 52-lecture course from Cal Tech, which is now distributed free by The Annenberg Foundation.
2. The Law of Falling Bodies
6. Newton’s Laws
8. The Apple and the Moon
9. Moving in Circles
10. Fundamental Forces
11. Gravity, Electricity, Magnetism
12. The Millikan Experiment
13. Conservation of Energy
14. Potential Energy
15. Conservation of Momentum
16. Harmonic Motion
19. Angular Momentum
20. Torques and Gyroscopes
21. Kepler’s Three Laws
22. The Kepler Problem
23. Energy and Eccentricity
24. Navigating in Space
25. Kepler to Einstein
and 23 more
Parents should have been equipped by their schooling to be (at a bare minimum) “ready to learn.” If the parents made it out of institutional schooling without having figured out “how to learn,” what does that say about the schooling process they completed? I would say that, like with breastfeeding, there may be some parents who do have a situation that makes it difficult for them to help their child with a particular subject, but I won’t.
Some parents might have a ‘situation,’ but with the number of resources available either online or through libraries, the need for “free programs” from “local organizations” isn’t the crisis that some make it out to be. I know because I found physics programs, chemistry programs, math programs, foreign language programs, and more (in overseas military libraries well over a decade ago), all for my children, even though the teachers of my childhood and adolescence deemed me ‘ineligible’ (or whatever it was — ‘poor student’ is probably the pigeonhole) that kept me out of some classes.
Ignorance of a subject doesn’t equal inability to “teach.” It’th a myth.