We care about our children and only want the best for them. We want our kids to have the best education and the best life. We’ve been conditioned to think that a traditional education and college/university will result in a stable 9-5 job, which makes for a happy life.
What we forget to take into account is the high unemployment rate(a university education doesn’t guarantee a job anymore) and the fact that the workplace environment is changing. Most people can’t afford to retire before age 60 anymore, so they end up working themselves to death for minimum wage.
That’s not living. That’s surviving. And we want something better for our children.
More and more youngsters are going the creative, freelance, entrepreneurial route.
That’s where the money is. And the freedom, and the potential for growth. And the future… Not only for our kids, but future generations.
We live in a time where retrenchments, minimum pay for maximum work hours and non-existent incentives are the norm. People don’t get paid what they’re worth anymore, and jobs are scarce, so if you complain, you get fired. There is always someone next in line that’s quite willing to work for your minimum pay…
Our kids can change this. They can stop the cycle of poverty. They can do this in their communities by contributing to local causes and job creation. By being hope-dealers.
To become an entrepreneur, however, a person needs to be a free thinker. They need to be able to not only ‘think outside the box’ but to re-invent the box! They need to be able to manage their time effectively, know how to work independently, keep themselves accountable, have a wide range of skills and be resourceful. They should also not have a ‘conformation’ mindset of doing everything the way it’s always been done without question.
Hmmmm…. Who do you know that fits these criteria? Homeschoolers, of course!
We tend to teach our homeschooled kids to ask questions.
We encourage them to discover and pursue their dreams.
We encourage them to complete tasks promptly and to a high standard, and we then allow them free time to rest and play.
They learn that hard work equates a reward.
The learn how to do proper research from a young age: be it on Google (Wiki doesn’t count 😉 ) or at the physical library.
They learn how to budget, change a tyre, climb trees and identify various trees and insects. They learn to cook healthy meals and bake birthday cakes. They learn to befriend children f different ages, backgrounds and capabilities. They learn to appreciate the beauty in everyday things and to notice subtle changes in the world around them. They question things that happen in the country’s economy and politics.
They learn to think for themselves.
And in a generation of conformists, we NEED these children to turn our beautiful country’s future around.
And with our help, they can do exactly that.
Because where there is hope and knowledge, anything is possible!