When I was very young we went camping on a specific weekend because my Father wanted to sleep under the stars and show me something very unique. Sputnik made its appearance in the sky! We watched for hours and talked about what it meant that man was reaching for space and this inspired a lifelong fascination with the subject! I read fiction and nonfiction books for hours and dreamed of what might be. We bought our first color television when the men walked on the moon and my father was disgusted the broadcast was in black and white only.
Throughout the years I have been fascinated by the advancements made in space exploration. The writers of yesterday inspired the developers of the future and many of their flights of fancy are being done today. I was saddened when NASA began shutting down. Handing over the reigns of exploration and technology development to other countries puts our country in the back seat of empowering those advancements. I feared for the United States ability to continue progressing forward with the many different technologies that were developed by being linked to the Space industry. Then along came an article on Forbes Magazine that made me extremely happy. Make sure that you read the comments they are wonderful!
Our children, no matter if they are being home schooled or attending public school, need heroes! They need to have their imaginations tweaked. If we imagine something and put it in writing, then tomorrow someone will make it happen. The greatest resource available to all of us is our children. When we guide them to think and develop outside the box of what is here today they will reach for accomplishments we never thought of.
Home school children have the advantage of being able to explore subjects that public school children are held back from. In public school children are taught from textbooks that were developed in the past, even books just a few years old are outdated. When we allow a home school child to explore new developments they are empowered to think about what is available today. Their very imaginations will take them to the next steps and guide them to be productive participants in the future. It isn’t that home school children are smarter, just that they are better educated and have been taught how to learn on their own.
I will never get to travel to space, but I do know that many of the medical and technological advancements I enjoy daily were developed through the space industry. Our world is a better place because of the imaginations of a few further thinking people who decided that if it could be imagined it could be done. Will your child be one of those who reach outside the box and make the world better for all of us?