Sunday, May 29, 2011

Homeschool Failure - A Plan of Action

Over the last few years, I have received numerous visits to my blog after women searched the World Wide Web for articles or websites related to the term, “homeschool failure”. One of the articles on this blog, which mentioned the phrase “homeschool failure”, prompted the search engines to list my blog as the top search result. The many hits I received prompted me to ask myself who was searching repeatedly for articles pertaining to failure in home education. The answer was one of two possibilities. These cyber investigators either consisted of those looking to scathe the respected reputation of homeschoolers; searching the web for a list of people that have given up in their endeavor to educate their children at home, or they were homeschool mothers reaching out to desperately seek encouragement, after feeling trampled in the undertaking of homeschooling their children. My guess is that it was the latter, more often than it was the former.

After seeing these website visits appear again and again, year after year, I began to search on my own for resources that addressed the feelings of these homeschool mothers that felt as though they have failed or are in the process of failing at home educating their children. Much to my surprise, I found that there was little more than a short encouraging word or a to-do list that addressed this issue that faces every homeschool mother at one time or another. While the attempt of the author’s article to solve the problems of these mothers is worthwhile, they were not specifically addressing these concerns with Scripture and realistic solutions that one could apply to many different areas of concern within this broad definition of failure in homeschooling. One of the handfuls of articles contained a concise to-do list, but it still lacked the all-important spiritual foundation on which to firmly plant one’s feet. A Biblical base is something so essential to the survival of a family’s home education journey that I have a tough time understanding just how this watered down information could offer a woman a permanent and long-lasting solution. There was so much more that could have been said about this subject that I felt the leading of God to write a series on the subject of "Homeschool Failure".

Whether or not you realize it, all mothers deal with issues of inadequacy and inferiority on a regular basis. We all feel as though we are failures at one time or another. You are not alone. When beginning to conduct research for this topic, I heard from many mothers who felt as if their shortcomings were destroying all that their children “could be”. They felt their fear of failure encouraging them to pull out of their homeschooling endeavor. These precious moms desperately needed to know that they are not and never will be failures in God's eyes. God has given each of us every tool and resource we need to complete the task placed before us. Each and every homeschool mom – myself included - needs to come face to face with the limited capabilities of our humanness. We must become skilled at continually abiding in God’s infinite power to sustain us in our calling, remembering that there is no such thing as a homeschool failure when the proper foundation has been laid down. You can do this with a focused direction, a graspable vision, a clear plan of action and God’s help!

"I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:17
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Andrea Schwartz said...

Maybe your readers would benefit reading my two books on home education: Lessons Learned from Years of Homeschooling and The Homeschool Life.

You may also like my book trailer: