I in a recent article on Thinking Like a Homeschooler I address how homeschoolers can take full responsibility for the child’s education are are proactive in teaching a child what they did not grasp in school. Thinking like a homeschooler is much more involved than this and in this article, I would like to discuss how to blog like a homeschooler.
You may very well have found the title of this article to be silly or weird. What does blogging have to do with your child’s education anyway, you might ask? It’s simple. Homeschoolers blog en masse to create a sense of community. We want to reach other parents who have the same goals for their children. We want to share ideas. If public school parents were to take to the blogosphere in the same numbers that homeschoolers do, I dare say we would not have an education crisis. School districts and administrations would have no problem but to listen to what parents have to say about the nature of their child’s classroom, curriculum, teacher, or school. If parents of public school students were to use blogging as a tool to improve education, it would happen a lot quicker.
Homeschool bloggers like myself may post about any number of things. There are cute posts telling about something a child said or did that will make people smile. There are informational posts about new websites or curriculum we found that may be useful to others. There are warnings about things going on with certain curriculum or textbooks, or just in the world. There are also posts of outrage when parents are called to take action against a new law, or when someone has written something damaging to homeschoolers. Any homeschooling blog will have some of all of these types of posts, plus others.
Homeschool parent bloggers don’t blog for fame or glory. They blog for progress. This process of homeschool blogging has served new homeschoolers and even veteran homeschoolers greatly because any questions or issues can be answered with a simple web search.
Public school parents can also carve out an hour or two a week to write their thoughts on the state of their own child’s education, both good and bad. They can share what they like and don’t like about their school disctrict. They can get buy in from other parents. They can use the blogs to congratulate what is going well and to demand change when things aren’t so awesome.
For a sample of a few education blogs already in existence, check out:
These blogs show how you can make your voice louder for the better of your child’s education, in a little way.