An interesting read via a link over at Ann Althouse’s blog, as a woman in her mid-40s mulls what she would have done differently with a better “life blueprint” as a young lady. It’s not a complete rejection of decades of accrued ‘feminist worldview,’ but it does includes this nugget:
10. Homeschool. Your kids will be screwed if you don’t.
The world will not look kindly on people who put their kids into public school. We all know that learning is best when it’s customized to the child and we all know that public schools are not able to do that effectively. And the truly game-changing private schools cost $40,000 a year.
It’s clear is that homeschooled kids will rule the world when Generation Z enters the workplace. So figure out a way to alleviate mommy guilt by homeschooling your kids to get them on that path. You don’t have to do the teaching yourself. You can pay someone. But you need to get your kids out of a system that everyone knows does not work. (Note: I just realized this. This month. And last week, I decided: I’m taking my kids out of school.)
The linked musings are part of a trend–not nearly widespread enough yet–where people are realizing that the primary purpose of a family is NOT to accumulate wealth or satisfy status. It’s to produce and prepare the next generation. Yes, parenting is work–hard work. And it’s not as “cool” as climbing the career ladder, from the world’s perspective. But it’s also the most important, enduring and rewarding role one can ever attain.