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.’”
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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