Summer Help

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As we ramp up to our busy season here at Sonlight, the summer staff shows up: Familiar faces and friends from years before as well as new people to meet. Quite a few are college and high school students of divergent backgrounds and paths: Psychology, teaching, math, film, biology. Some are homeschoolers. Many are not.

There's this idea out there that certain educational models produce cookie cutter children. But thus far, I haven't seen one that does that. Homeschooling certainly doesn't. As I think about my public schooled friends, that system clearly doesn't either. And it's not like one group is noticeably smarter, more confident, more engaged or independent.

So where do people get these ideas that one educational model is so much worse than the other? It happens on both sides with similar magnitude.

This is the time of year when many homeschooling families start purchasing their homeschool curriculum. My friends entering college are talking about orientation. The start of high school still feels far off, but it's fast approaching as well. As you consider the choices your family has made for education in the Fall, I encourage you to think about the choices of others. As you notice those around you, I believe the differences won't seem as stark. Because, perhaps, the biggest difference is that one system guarantees you'll love to learn.

 Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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