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Why Home-schooling is the Cure When Your Child Hates Learning

By: Krystle Crossman

When you were in school did you enjoy sitting and listening to a lecture about the Civil War, or learning about insanely hard math problems, or even taking Latin? Not many people do. When you are forced to sit and learn about things that you don’t care about you become less and less interested in education and your scores on tests can reflect that. Learning should be fun, informative, and most importantly, something that you are interested in. For example if you are a creative person art class may be more your speed. If you are an analytic person you may be more inclined to enjoy science or even math. This is one way that schools are setting kids up to fail. They force kids to learn about things that completely bore them and most of the time that they will never use again once they are older. I can’t remember a time when I have once had a discussion about George Orwell’s 1984. The only thing I remember about it was that it was a book I was not interested in reading but was forced to in school. I do however remember photography class and how much I loved it. I ended up turning that into a career.

Home-schooling is great because you know your child best. You know what they like, what they don’t like, and what bores them to tears. Now while you obviously can’t cut out some of the more important lessons like basic math, reading and writing, there are so many ways that you can make them more fun for your child so that they really soak up the knowledge. For example, if you have a child that is passionate about science experiments you can focus on that to teach many different subjects. You can have them figure out fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division just by the numbers in the experiments. When they are creating a solution of some sort they will need to figure out how much of each liquid to add. They can get their reading lesson in when they are reading data from other experiments that have been performed that are similar to theirs. Get their writing lesson in by having them write a hypothesis, analysis, and outcome of their experiment. They are learning about topics that they may find to be boring normally but they are fully engaged because it’s about something that they truly care about.

When you teach your child in this manner you will find that they are much more attentive during your time together. They may even be excited when it’s time to sit down and begin the “school” day. That is the end goal isn’t it? You want your child to be excited about learning and finding out what they are most passionate about in life.

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2 thoughts on “Why Home-schooling is the Cure When Your Child Hates Learning

  1. Peter Bergson

    There are times when one’s choice of words becomes especially significant. I believe this is one of them. It has been my experience over the past fifty years, as the parent of four now-grown homeschoolers/unschoolers and six grandchildren on a similar path, and as co-founder of one 37-year-old resource center and now working to start another one (in Philadelphia), I can attest to the fact that young people don’t \hate learning\. What gives most of them fits is forced schooling. This is especially true in traditional schools; it can be almost as bad in home schools if the parents (or tutors) use the same basic methods.

    This article does a good job of laying out the basic approach of selfl-directed learning, where the \curriculum\ is determined by the youth’s interests. Motivation to understand something is a powerful force that should be invited wherever possible. It can be undermined, however, if the process of responding to such interests reverts to the school approach–lectures, dependence on paper-and-pencil production and the use of text books (which education reformer John Holt said \no one reads unless made to or paid to\) and, most problematic of all, testing.

    It does no good to see a young plant sprouting and then drown it with a hose. Let the plant ask for what it wants in terms of help and resources, and otherwise stay out of the way. Parents can serve their young people best by modeling what a quality learning process looks like when they pursue something that is new and important to them. Be a \learning mentor\ rather than a teacher. It’s a lot more enjoyable and productive all around.

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