Our week has gone well in general, I hope yours was alright as well.
What do you do when you don’t know the answer to a problem?
Choosing to learn at home comes with some amount of criticism, often posed as concerned questions.
One common one is:
“What happens if your child has a problem with a subject and you can’t help them?”
The criticism is that a homeschooling parent cannot possibly have the same knowledge base, resources, or ability to assist a student that a school teacher possesses. An accompanying assumption is that when faced with lack of knowledge, all hell breaks loose. Next thing you know little Timmy is a delinquent.
The common rebuttal in the form of a answer to this question is, “I will find the answer, or I will find someone who DOES know the answer.”
Little Bee (10) asked to learn computer programming this year. Except for a frustratingly boring semester of C++ nearly two decades ago, I have no experience with programming. I remember sitting for hours looking much like this:
Undaunted by the fact the mere presence of code makes me break into a cold sweat, I said yes. She’s two years ahead in math, so I let her cut back to math three days a week, and add programming for two.
She is working through the java script learning modules on Khan Academy.
Into module three there was a PROBLEM.
She was getting an error message, and could not figure out which line was in error. I looked it over twice. That’s right, I looked at code for my baby. THAT is love.
I could not make heads or tails of it.
I posted to Facebook asking for help.
I emailed computer smart friends not on facebook.
I even contacted her Dad, my ex husband, who spread the need for a tutor among his contacts.
Guess what? Her Dad found someone willing to give her his time via email or video chat whenever she needs help.
In the end, we didn’t need to contact him over her problem because I FIGURED IT OUT. That’s right, ME.
My slow coding ignorant noggin finally saw the error.
When I say I’m slow, I’m serious. During IQ testing they tested my processing speed and I’m like a commodore 64 (1982 computer) in an Intel processing world.Yet I can remember (long term and working mem) more sh*t than the average bear, including it seems twenty year old coding knowledge.
So, potential earth shattering educational misfortune was avoided.
We can all sleep tonight. If we want to. Maybe.
I know that when she has another issue with this, if I can’t figure it out, I have someone to ask.
I don’t have to know it all.
Homeschooling or not, I’m sure there are times when you’ve needed guidance from other people.
Do you have a favorite mentor? (could be a teacher, or colleague, another artist, or an author…)
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