A homeschool movie to share with all of your family
Most of us know that the homeschooling is growing, but there are still lots of misconceptions about what homeschool looks like, or what we do all day. Class Dismissed follows the journey of a family in L.A. who, after soul-searching and questioning the system, decides to un-enroll their kids from one of the best schools in the area.
Dave and I watched it while the boys were out building a fort... again... and really enjoyed it. We particularly liked that it brought up all of the fears we had (especially me) about homeschooling and dispelled the myths that are still perpetuated as fact. I can't tell you how many times the "socialization" question has come up in conversation.. really... the number just sort of blurs in my head. We were glad to see the "socialization" question debunked so skilfully.
Class Dismissed discusses a variety of concerns and homeschool approaches, all without attacking public school. Instead, it approaches it as an alternative to public/private school and points out that the frustration caused by those institutions drive many parents to homeschool their children.
Homeschooling is not a new idea
Homeschooling was, for thousands of years, the standard form of education. Children were educated at home with their families. It would have been unnatural to send them away to strangers to be educated, yet our society now views homeschooling as somehow inferior because most homeschool parents aren't certified teachers. Never mind that our current school system, based on the Prussian model, is not designed to create free-thinkers, but to instruct children in a set of pre-determined subject material with limited opportunity for variety. The movie brings this up and sheds light on the origin of compulsory education in the United States.
I love documentaries that teach in a non-threatening way and challenge long-held beliefs while not attacking anyone. Class Dismissed does exactly this. I highly recommend it to anyone who has even thought about homeschooling their kids, and especially to people who are afraid that homeschooling is a crazy idea that only the very religious or crunchy granola types would even attempt. You'll find that reasonable people will most likely come away with a new, more positive (or at least less negative) opinion of what a homeschooler does and is.
The link to the rental for Class Dismissed is:
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Once you activate the rental for Class Dismissed, you'll have 3 days to watch it. Enjoy!
The offer is valid until midnight on Sunday November 8th, so take some time to sit down with a good homeschool movie.
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