Setting New Standards

I stumbled onto this profound quote this morning while reading a few homeschool jokes:

“How do you ever expect your children to fit into the world if you don’t institutionalize them, and you encourage them to develop advanced vocabularies and you teach them self-sufficiency. This does not coincide with the new way — they must follow the new standards.”

Mother looked at Mr. Pointy Nose thoughtfully. “I appreciate your apparent concern, kind sir,” she said, ” but you see, I am not raising children to follow standards — I am raising them to set standards.”

It comes from a pointed story written by Tammy Drennan, a Georgia homeschooler, and it simply jumped off the page at me. 

Feel free to read the whole story; it isn’t long, and it paints a lovely picture of a homeschooling family (though I admit that I neither make my own preserves nor listen to Beethoven, my children have certainly shocked people with their vocabulary as happens in this story).

http://home.neo.rr.com/edzoo/Homeschooling/mr%20pointy%20nose.htm

It’s an inspiration to me when people ask me how my children will fit in or meet public school standards of education.  We aren’t trying to meet the standards; we want to set new ones. 

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One thought on “Setting New Standards

  1. Hi.

    Just wanted to let you know that there is now a sequel to Mr. Pointy Nose — Mr. Pointy Nose Returns:

    http://www.homeschoolstarter.com/mrpointynosereturns.html

    Father and Mother and their children find themselves in court. Mother makes her point with the judge and brother softens the heart of a stern social worker, a little.

    With the hope that this will encourage and strengthen homeschoolers everywhere.

    Tammy Drennan
    bzpbooks@isp.com
    http://www.homeschoolstarter.com

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