Are you considering homeschooling your children? Even if homeschool is just a blip on your education radar, you need to take time out of your busy schedule to watch these homeschooling TED talks.
These speakers provide perspectives about where education is today, how our children learn best, and what we can do as parents to help our children thrive in our increasingly demanding world.
The education that our children get from birth to 18 is something that we can’t undo. So as parents we want to ensure that they are making the most of their school days. Not just filling their days with busy work that we assume they are learning from.
Be prepared to expand your view of education and really consider what you ideal goals are for your children.
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Must Watch Homeschooling TED Talks
If you are not familiar with TED talks, let me introduce you. TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation with the agenda to make great ideas assessable and spark conversation. You can find engaging talks on a broad range of subjects.
TED inspired talks are popping up all around the planet. There is even a dedicated TEDx YouTube channel to share these talks from around the world. Here are some of our favorite and ones that I feel will benefit you the most for either starting your homeschool journey or questioning the possibility.
1. How To Escape Education’s Death Valley: Ken Robinson
This TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson has had over 7 million views and is one that I could not leave off the list. I thought this would be a great place for you to start. Ken Robinson is on a mission to change the US school system for the better. If you have the time, all of his TED talks are just as awesome as this one.
“Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.”
2. How To Raise Successful Kids – Without Over-Parenting: Julie Lythcott-Haims
“By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.”
3. How Will I Educate My Children: Joshua Steimle
In this video, Joshua Steimle talks about his family’s decision to homeschool. He addresses and debunks some of the top myths of homeschooling.
Joshua seems to feel very strongly about parents being the best source of education for their children. But he does go onto to say that he understands that homeschooling may not be the perfect fit for everyone. He provides some great insights and information for anyone considering homeschooling as an option for their family.
4. Prepare Our Kids For Life, Not Standardized Tests: Ted Dintersmith
Ted Dintersmith, a leading venture capitalist, speaks about how a simple parent meeting at his children’s school sparked his curiosity on how our education system is actually preparing our kids for life. He points out that the US education system is outdated. To improve dated learning the government is naively turning to standardized testing. His hope and mission are to spread the knowledge that he has acquired to improve the school systems, one area at a time.
Note: There is a call to action at the end to share his film with the “education powers that be” in your area.
5. Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante
This TEDx talk, viewed by millions, is by a 13-year old that refers to homeschooling as “hackschooling.” Once we were seriously considering homeschooling, this was a video that we watched with our kids. All of us enjoyed listening to Logan’s perspective. It is one thing to have an adult’s point of view of homeschool, but another to have a child’s.
6. Learning Through Unschooling: Callie Vandewiele
Callie Vandewiele shares her homeschool experience as a child. Check out Callie’s video to see why she was thankful to her parents for “teaching” her through unschooling. She also shares how she and her 5 siblings careers turned out regardless of their nontraditional education.
7. What If Everyone Had A Classical Education?: Rebekah Hagstrom
Rebekah Hagstrom is the founder and headmaster of the Liberty Classical Academy. In this video, she discusses the advantages of the most popular and probably most well know homeschool style.
I included this on the must-watch list to encourage you that there are options for your children. Like Rebekah, you are strong and can make a way for the best learning environment for your children.
8. Unschooling: Making The World Our Classroom: Laine Liberti & Miro Siegel
If you have an extra 15 minutes and have ever wondered what education the world could offer, this video is a great watch. This TEDx talk is from a mom and son that set out on a “Say Yes to Anything” challenge when he was in fifth grade.
That challenge turned into Miro ditching traditional school for good and using the world as his education. (WARNING: May cause travel bug. This video made me want to sell our house and hop a plane with the family and start exploring!)
Still Considering Homeschooling?
I hope you enjoyed each of these videos as much as I did. Each speaker was thought-provoking and showed me that homeschooling and education can be so varied. There are so many excellent TED and TEDx talks out there that I am sure I missed some. Please share in the comments below if you have another that has really helped in your homeschooling thought process.
I recognize that homeschooling is not the right fit for every family. But if you are wondering if it is right for you, please check out my post that includes 10 Fundamental Questions I believe every parent considering homeschooling should ask themselves. I would love to hear from you for any other questions or comments about becoming a homeschooler!
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