If I had to choose one gadget or device that has revolutionized homeschooling more than anything else I’d choose the iPad. No other device has propelled homeschooling forward like the iPad and the man responsible for it was Steve Jobs. Revolutionize your homeschooling with these 4 tips to homeschool like Steve Jobs.
In the book Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson chronicles the successes and failures of the former Apple CEO and provides a look into the life of a determined, passionate, innovative, and flawed leader. I bought and read the book shortly after it was published and since then have thought about four ways you can homeschool like Steve Jobs.
How to Homeschool Like Steve Jobs
It’s real easy to get caught up in the groupthink of homeschooling. Groupthink is when people will set aside their personal beliefs in order to achieve consensus within a group. People just “go with the flow” because they don’t want to appear as if they disagree with other homeschoolers. “what curriculum do you use?” It’s the most-asked question among homeschoolers. I think this is because people want to make sure they’re fitting in the mold of a “good homeschooler”. Consider your personal beliefs about homeschooling and evaluate whether or not you’ve given in to groupthink or if you think different.
Simplify Your Life
Steve Jobs was well-known for wearing the same thing at every keynote presentation and public appearance: a black mock turtleneck shirt, jeans, and New Balance sneakers. He starting doing this because it was one less decision he would have to make in a day. It was his signature style that also embodied the simplicity of Apple products. We often complicate our lives with unnecessary bells and whistles. Finding a simple process or solution to accomplish a task (homeschooling) isn’t always easy but in the long run it will help us to be more consistent and effective in raising our kids.
Steve Jobs once said, “It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want,” when referring to the products Apple produces. If you talk to your kids and ask them what they want out of homeschooling chances are their answer will be vastly different than yours. It’s up to you as the parent to anticipate their needs and find a way to meet them. In order to do that you need to know what you want out of homeschooling and then pursue that goal.
Be a Little Crazy
You have to be a little crazy to homeschool. Even though it’s gaining mainstream attention and increasing in popularity many people will politely smile and say, “That’s nice,” when you tell them you homeschool while thinking, “You’re crazy!” It’s the crazy ones who led the way to revolutionize education and it’s the crazy ones who will continue to change the world one child at a time.
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