Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Different Kids

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and we kind of slipped into a discussion of homeschooling and why it makes sense. See, she has a baby girl just about two weeks younger than Evan. Now, Evan is walking all over...but her little girl just started to crawl. Her baby girl knows more signs than Evan and outweighs him by several pounds. These babies are different. They have different personalities, different responses to the same stimuli, different favorite books, different ways of taking things in...no kidding. This should be obvious. But nobody, nobody in their right mind would say that she is "slow" because she isn't walking yet or that Evan is "slow" because he only does three signs. Babies and toddlers develop at different paces. Everyone knows this and everyone expects this.

So why, when kids reach the magic age of 4 or 5 or 6 (whenever your town starts schooling), do we suddenly put all the kids in one box and say, "This is what we are learning now. This is what you will be interested in and this is how you will react." Why? It just doesn't make sense. Evan and his friend will probably not have the same interests or abilities or reactions to things when they are 4 either...

Just something I was thinking of. I'm sure I've just opened a can of worms for many people though...sorry!

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