A Homeschool Lesson – We Want Them to be Bees!
While I rarely like or share things like this, a friend sent me this video and thought it needed to be shared:
I don’t normally like this type of thing (it is a waste of time to state the obvious) but for some reason I watched. In watching it struck me, I’m a Bee. I was not homeschooled, I am (unfortunately) a product of the public school system, so is my wife.
Through my youth I was repeatedly told I couldn’t do this or that. I remember in 8th grade, we had to give a presentation on what we wanted to do/be when we grew up. We were supposed to research our desired future career, which I did. My presentation was on becoming a Mechanical Engineer. After I finished my presentation, which I was very proud of, before I left the podium, my teacher ridiculed and laughed at me. He said I could never become an Engineer given my weak math skills. I was devastated, humiliated and a bit traumatized as you can imagine. There were one or two other “excellent mentors” like that throughout my K-12 education though none compare with that. I was left with a ‘why try’ attitude.
When I graduate high school I did not go to College since I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had a successful career in Banking for close to 10 years because I learned faster and worked harder than most of my peers. Eventually though I quit, went to College and earned not only my Bachelors but my Master’s in Computer Science & Engineering. That’s right, I became an Engineer! If only I had been encouraged perhaps I would have become one much sooner. I have no regrets as I believe everything happens for a reason. Regardless, my wife had similar experiences, and we vowed to never expose our children to the public school system. We want them to be Bees!