There Is No Map

Homeschooling cannot be shown step-by-step. There is no way to give precise instructions. To rephrase a message from Seth Godin in his book Linchpin about other creative endeavors, “The reason that [homeschooling] is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no need to wrestle with the task of [homeschooling]. If we were following prescribed steps, we wouldn’t be navigating; we wouldn’t be finding our own way.” Homeschooling is creative and flexible and unscripted. “Showing them step by step precisely how to be a [homeschooler] is impossible,” again, rephrasing Seth Godin. There is no map, Godin teaches. “I love that there’s no map,” he says delightedly. Like Godin, I also have great pleasure in my own unscripted methods. Imitation is an unpleasant way to live. We don’t need a carbon copy of any particular family’s homeschool.

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