Thursday, January 20, 2011

Glenn Beck calls on grandparents to help with homeschooling

This makes sense to me and I make no apologies for it. Many of us were the first to homeschool our children. Now our grown children are having babies. Yes, our grandchildren are being born! It would only make sense that we step up to assist our grandchildren with their homeschooling, after all we're the ones with the experience and now the extra time and money. Don't have the extra time and money? Then make some! That's how important it is you give your grandchildren the same educational opportunities and freedom your children had while growing up.

I remember when we first announced we'd be homeschooling and my mother-in-law expressed her concern. After the initial shock of finding out her only grandchildren would never attend public or private school she became our greatest supporter and most loyal advocate. Although she resided hundreds of miles away she faithfully sent care packages containing all sorts of educational materials and supplies to our young children. We kept up our correspondence with letters, phone calls and photographs of each of the children's progress. Today we have email, digital cameras, webcams and even Facebook. As the old telephone ad said, "It's the next best thing to being there!"

It is time for many of us in this country to rethink education and consider an alternative to the dangerous institution we know as public school. Can you think of a better way to spend time with your grandchildren than teaching them the skills you have or by sharing with them the years of knowledge you've accumulated? Not only will you be helping raise articulate, happy and well socialized grandchildren, you'll be giving a much needed financial  and morale boost to their parents.

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