‘The Guardian’ is a UK newspaper, the online version of which I try to dip into every day and it had another really interesting article about the importance of respecting and valuing children. The ghastly case of, probably, a murdered little girl called April Jones, has gripped the country and made international headlines too. When these awful things happen, good parents will stop and think, “What can I learn from this? What should I do to prevent this ever happening to my precious children?” I thought this was an interesting, sober article that, for me, says ‘Not much’ for good parents and a lot for ‘bad parents’ – bad parents in this instance meaning those that don’t treat their children as valued beings in their own right. I’m sure this doesn’t apply to poor April Jones’s parents. But sadly it does to so many others, “Above all, we could stop treating children as possessions of the adult world – mini-me, designer accessories and appendages – that merely become used as symbols of the adult’s wealth, status, or culture, and instead begin to recognise children as individual, sentient beings in their own right and therefore valued for themselves”. I couldn’t agree more and I feel homeschooling helps do this, given its focus on the individual child. “Though we cannot save every child, we can take steps to save a great many…by recreating the space that we once called “childhood” and letting children determine for themselves how they would like that space to be filled”. Again, something homeschooling, I think, is able to do with aplomb.
What do you think? Do you ‘take away’ the same message as I do?