The more I write about my experiences as a public school teacher, the more a strange thing starts happening. People ask my advice on where they should put their kids when it comes time for kindergarten. Deciding about the formal education of your kid (or future kid) is a big decision that is scary to navigate. The way we talk about these decisions isn’t helping anything. There is in fact no single answer to “How would Jesus learn?”
Enter my new series “Jesus at the Blackboard.” The truth is there is not one best way for all people to be educated. This isn’t about people persuading other people to make the same decision they did. This is about sharing our stories about what worked for us and being honest about the reservations we have, the circumstances that lead us to these decisions, and the assumptions that proved false about the choices we made.
So what exactly am I looking for?
-Stories about your own educational experiences and how they shaped you
-An explanation of what you chose for schooling for your family. Why does it work? what is hard about it?
-A story about how you got to the decision you made. Many of us have winding roads in and out of various educational experiences. Maybe you home school two out of three kids. Maybe one of your kids goes to private school. Maybe you swore you would never be a crazy home schooler, and now you love it. Maybe you think dropping out and getting your GED was the best decision you have ever made. I want to hear all of those stories!
If you are interested in participating, email me at accidentaldevotional (at) gmail (dot) com with a desired Monday, and I will let you know if it is available.
I am excited about this conversation, and with an almost three-year-old at home, cannot wait to hear what you all have to say!
You can only do your best by Sarah McCarten