Back when I started homeschooling umpty-ump years ago, one of the big topics of discussion was which "homeschooling method" to use. My article Homeschooling Methods, Explained talks about the most widely-known home teaching styles, including Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, and Classical.
These methods represent widely differing theories of how children learn and what they need to know. At one extreme is the view that children are "empty vessels" ready to be filled with facts and figures. At the other is the idea that helping students develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills is more valuable than memorizing formulas and vocabulary terms.
For parents, the homeschooling method you chose also used to determine what teaching material you used, and where you looked for resources. But today, with information so readily available to anyone with an internet connection, I wonder whether picking the "right method" is as important as it once seemed.
What do you think -- does the homeschooling method you choose still make a difference?
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