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Life Experiences: Do They Count as Education?

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YES! It's called APPLIED LEARNING. This is an issue close to my heart, as you can probably gather from the video. Everyone has a particular thing that works for them and my bottom line is that people have no right to judge an educational path a family has chosen if that path is working well for the family. Homeschooling works for us, public schooling works well for others - consistency in the choice you make is key. Taking them in and out of a public school setting constantly can be disruptive and just not having a bit of structure in homeschooling can be as well.

(I love Karen's point about how we don't come to our decisions lightly. Chris can tell you how I ordered a hundred or so samples of curriculum and researched homeschooling for three years before choosing it.)

I rambled on and on in my submission but I have to share this: I met a family while in Nashville a couple of weeks ago, a family of five traveling across the country with their homeschooled children. They decided that before they buy a house and get entangled in a mortgage, they were going to take this once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel the country with their kids and teach them about America. The kids are videotaping and journaling their experiences which, to me, is educational gold. They're learning about other cultures, history, EVERYTHING. This, to me, is heaven. Obviously, it can't work for all, but for those who can make it work, wonderful.

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