The word jettison means to abandon or discard something. When I titled this post "Jettison the Junk", I'm referring to getting rid of all of the stuff that encumbers our homeschooling.
There are so many things these days that we think we much add to our day to ensure our children are "learning enough", "doing enough", and that we aren't "failing them". You know what I'm talking about! When we read what other homeschool families are doing, we tend to compare our family with theirs. "My kids aren't doing XYZ" and "Maybe we should ABC like they do" overwhelm our thoughts. We become unsatisfied with our homeschool, our family, our life. We buy more curriculum, more books, more games, more stuff - until we are crowding our days with junk we don't need. One more workbook, one more math drill, one more program - it becomes superfluous.
There are also so many things these days that junk up our children's minds - television, iPads, X-box, Wii, computers, and cell phones. Children are constantly "plugged in" to something. Everywhere I go, I see children playing on cell phones or hand-held devices. I no longer see children reading books while waiting at the doctor's office; instead, they are playing mindless games on their cell phones. This junk, or twaddle as Charlotte Mason would have called it, is dumbing our children down and wasting precious time and even more precious minds.
My children do not have cell phones, iPads, or any video games. They are the odd ones out when it comes to this. My 14 year and 11 year olds are the only kids we know their age who don't have cell phones or video games. And I'm totally fine with that! Instead, they read books - actual books they hold in their hands and turn the pages. They ride bikes, play outside, draw and color, make up imaginative games, and even have time to be bored.
Even the television shows that are geared to our children are twaddle - they are foolish cartoons that offer no educational value or enrichment for our children. I have quit letting my children watch television shows like SpongeBob and Teen Titans. I was embarrassed to even watch it. Cartoons, in general, are nonsensical. And now they are not allowed in my house.
The media is trying to dumb us down. I won't stand for it.
I am burdened by what I see all around me. The generation of children that is rising up scares me. These will be the future of our families, our communities, our country.
I implore you to unplug your family. Jettison the junk that is clouding our lives. Get rid of everything that is crowding your homeschool day. Find joy in reading good books with your children.
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