Thinking on I Corinthians 13: We could do all sorts of things “for the Lord” but if we don’t have love, we are nothing and our work cannot give us the profit we want.
What about this homeschool thought?
Though my teen carries all honors classes and has no meaning- he has nothing.
Though he speak in many languages (even 4 credits in a single tongue) but feels no purpose- he is an expert at minutiae.
Though he is accepted at all the best colleges and has no passion- he lost the greatest value of his high school years.
Therefore, he needs meaning, purpose, and passion to be truly successful.
Transcripts are for capturing a solid education that has taught self-discipline.
And transcripts are for capturing playful exploration, adventures that bring stretching, and service that illuminates passions.
I recently read Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner. He repeated frequently the ideas that young people who fill fulfilled, who are making a difference in the world, and who are definite culture changers have experienced 3 things in their education:
Education that is fun and adventurous is education that inspires and challenges a young person to be innovative. Many of us homeschooled in fun, hands-on methods when our kids were in elementary school but put that aside when our kids started high school- in the belief that our homeschoolers had to get serious. While to some extent this is true, it just may be that our high schoolers won’t truly become innovators in subjects that are dry as toast. How can they have more fun in learning?
This one is easier for many homeschoolers- if our teen shows some interest in an area, we lean into it by providing hands-on experiences, apprenticeships, service opportunities, creative courses and more. This allows passions to grow (or diminish, either is appropriate). Sooner or later a passion will develop into a purpose. One way to discover areas for exploration is to do some solid career exploration. Try mynextmove.org (free on the US Dept of Labor website) and 7 Sisters Homeschool Career Exploration Workbook.
Here is the heart of the matter. God created our homeschoolers to have purpose and meaning. Passions help illuminate a teen’s purpose, then purpose drives a child to fulfill God’s callings on his/her life.
Most of these things can be captured creatively on a transcript. Here’s a post on how to do that.
What are some ways you have helped your homeschooler discover play, passion, or purpose in his education?
Here is my vlog on transcripts: