Every job is honourable

The question, ‘Can your homeschooled child go to University?’ comes up a lot and I like this answer. I gave a similar answer in an article I recently wrote for an Cambridge University alumnae magazine. I will try to post it on my blog sometime.

What is important to me is that the kids find what they’re passionate about and find a way to make a living following their passion. I love the Martin Luther King quote, “If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelango painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.’”

Tickly Feet

I think it is every parent’s duty to instill in their children a sense of respect for others. Doing this will also include instilling a sense of respect for other people’s jobs and professions – no matter how much salary they are earning or what their social status is.

So many aspiring parents (mine included) send the message to their kids that the only jobs worth aiming for are doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, and other Uni-graduate high-salaried high social status type jobs. It is a form of snobbery, and sadly, it is not uncommon. If all the young people in our society only bothered trying to obtain careers in the ones I’ve just mentioned, then who will sweep the roads, collect the refuse, serve us at restaurants, etc.? And who will bother to do these jobs with joy and pride – and do them well – if everybody thought these…

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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