I remember a professor at university starting off his economics class by advocating that we forget everything we learnt about the market in highschool. I think of that message sometimes as I struggle to teach my children. What of what I teach them will the need to forget? When am I leading them down the wrong path? It’s humbling, but I don’t let it stop me.
That said, I do try to teach them things with some of the same skills and interest I learned at university. I miss university. I loved university. I’m working on a blog series about some 19th century poets and I’m at the stage in my work where I can see the hugeness of the problem and am flustered by how to continue, and I realized its the exact same state I used to get into just before writing an essay for university. And I love the feeling, as humbling as it feels.
I want to bring a world of information to my children. I want them to see the vastness of knowledge out there, how any person can just touch the surface and no one can hold it all. I want them to feel equipped to join in great academic debates, where the edges of what is known come into discussion.
But finding the information, converting it into something for the kids to learn from, takes a lot of time and energy. I can do it on a few topics a year, and be glad about that. I start to wonder though if I should be putting extra work into making the resources more transferable. Finding ways to turn the information into curriculum for others to use.
I want my children to know Bible stories for literary purposes if nothing else, and because I want them to feel comfortable around a church. Yet I’m trying to teach two things at once. I’m trying to teach them three things at once –
- the story as written
- the truth, as best we know it, of what would have happened
- the story of why the story was written.
My goal would also be to encourage a respect for the writers of the Bible while at the same time pointing out the limit of their knolwedge and theology.
I took theology (and politics) at university ages ago. I vaguely remember studying the stories of why and when different stories were written, but I’m frustrated by my inability to remember all of it. Do I throw myself into studying that? I might, when I finish the reading I’m doing about poets for a series of blog posts I’ll publish next month. I toy a bit with the notion of trying to write a homeschool curriculum for progressive Christians or secular homeschoolers wishing to teach Biblical stories from a historical-literary perspective. But I don’t know if I have time to do that, or if it would be worth the effort to put that into a useable format for others. I know I have the skills to find the Biblical information but I don’t know if I have the skills to put it into a format to be transferable to other people. I don’t have a degree in education or in the topics I want to write about, so I know I’d lack credentials. But maybe it would be worth trying anyway.
Would anyone be interested in beta-testing my curriculum if I did create it? I don’t know yet if I could do it. I don’t know how much time I could squirrel away for it or if I’d lose interest before I was finished. Between my social justice work, and caring for the kids I don’t have all that much free time. But it would be fun to feel that something I made might be used.