Like Kandace Springs, Alma Deutscher is homeschooled and musically gifted. But Alma is much younger than Kandace, and has already premiered her first opera. The BBC created this documentary about Alma, a must-watch for parents and classical music fans alike:
I’ve always believed that it’s up to parents to decide how to raise their kids. But I’ve got to admit that stories like this are certainly not good for the homeschooling movement. Kids need boundaries for their own security, not to mention learning how to live in society. Wow. I guarantee this is not what our homeschooling household looked like.
One of the things I know for certain is that children grow up fast (even if it doesn’t feel like it while they’re little), and before you know it they’re on their own.
It’s so hard to make sure you’ve taught them everything you want them to know before they leave home. Here’s an interesting article, “What I Would Tell a High School Graduate Today,” that touches on several subjects that your teens should consider. Give it to them to read, or read it yourself to get ideas for topics to discuss with them before they leave the nest. It definitely makes for worthwhile reading.
My husband and I love the Internet show “Live from Daryl’s House.” It features a variety of musical talent who take turns visiting musician Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates) and jamming with him and his band.
One of the best episodes of the show so far features a young woman named Kandace Springs. I was curious about her, so I did a little research and learned that not only is she a big fan of Ella Fitzgerald (as I am), but also that she was homeschooled. Good for her!
Check out one of the songs she performed with Daryl Hall on his show:
I’ve been accused of being negative about public school. It’s true, I’m guilty. When I was an inmate, er student, in the public schools, I thought it was a big waste of time. When I became a parent, I chose to homeschool my kids instead of putting them on the big yellow bus with the neighbor kids.
Public school was bad enough back then, but look at it now. Teachers complain that the students don’t listen to them because they’re allowed to be on their phones in class. Public school grads arrive at college unable to read at grade level or write a coherent paragraph. Meanwhile, political correctness and political bias run rampant.
Of course, these specific behaviors, while condoned by the schools, are the fault of parents. But the schools allowed their behavior instead of forbidding it. While the institution of public schooling itself is one giant mistake, some of the families involved in the public schools are also problematic. How else can you explain parents who send their children to their local public library’s Drag Queen Story Time?
Run, don’t walk, away from the public schools (read John Taylor Gatto’s books for encouragement). If you’re not up for homeschooling, find a good private school. Don’t sentence your child to years in a failing system.