My background is in education. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 11 years old. I used to read textbooks for fun. As a tween. What the hell was wrong with me?! I knew I wanted to teach high school, but went back and forth between wanting to teach English or history. I actually taught preschool for one year and quickly realized that I do not have the patience, creativity, or coloring and cutting skills necessary for teaching that age group. I ended up deciding I wanted to teach history, which is what I completed my B.A. in last month.
Ironically, I do not want my child to attend school. My husband and I have both talked about it many times. We absolutely do not want our child going to school where we presently live. I’m not totally opposed to her ever attending any school, but I detest the way the public education system emphasizes testing and rote memorization. There are also no private schools in my area except the one that I attended which is (a) supported by evangelicals and teaches fundamentalist Christian doctrine as fact and (b) isn’t even accredited. So, yeah, we’ll definitely be passing on that one!
This has put me in quite the odd position. My daughter will be 4 in November. I’ve decided to do what I’m calling unpreschool. I’ve been researching and creating activities for my daughter to do according to her interests. In the process I’m having to deschool myself. I’m also simultaneously studying academic theory as it applies to teaching secondary school, and looking for a job as a high school history teacher.
If I don’t go insane from reading information from two very different perspectives, I will be immensely proud of myself. And probably reward myself with a
glass box of wine.