PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
By Mona K. Koerner, PhD
Last week I had the opportunity to share my vision for what the future of education should look like in a workshop titled, "Be the CEO, Not the Grunt of Your Child's Education" at the 2019 CAPE-NM Homeschool Convention.
For those who attended here is a copy of the slides and the bibliography with links to the video talks I referenced:
I went on to explain how the school model which permeates our society and our thinking places parents in the grunt role contrary to God's design. The school model can even be present in our homeschools when we adopt curriculum based on standards established by someone far removed from the student and then we become a slave to that curriculum.
The major barrier for us as parents to overcome in order to take on the CEO role, is that this school model is not only codified in law, it is embedded into our culture and thinking as most of us were raised within this model. However, a better model is available to us today if only we have the courage to abandon the old way of thinking, a model I call the Network Model of Education.
After briefly describing the school model, I discussed three reasons we should abandon the school model: 1. School is not equal to education; 2. the goals of school are not salient; 3. contrary to God's design, parents have no decision-making power in the school model.
I then discussed what being the CEO of your child's education should include:
Despite the availability of the technology to implement a network model of education, there are still two critical pieces missing. They are: resources taught from a Biblical Worldview and opportunities to connect with real people in a non-virtual way. Having our children learn from people is vitally important because it is relationships with great men and women that inspire and motivate us all to learn and grow.
Parent Led Academic Network Team, Inc. (PLANT, Inc.) was established to help fill in these missing pieces by providing a platform for parents to connect with teachers, tutors, mentors and coaches who hold a Biblical Worldview.
Will you join me in implementing a network model of education and connecting to grow?
Promote yourself to CEO today!
Mona K. Koerner
Mona K. Koerner is a reluctant home educator turned passionate advocate after home educating for 10 years and learning more than in 25 years of school.
PLANT, Inc. Blog is written by local parent educators and supporters of parent led education.