and the Homeschool
The past thirty
years have brought
change . . . .
I’m old enough to remember the days of floppy discs and compu– ters with no hard drives. My kids are amazedtohearofsuchtimes. In
1983, the year I first got a personal computer, many computers had two floppy
drives—one held the program disc, and
the other was used to save the data. We’ve
come a long way in a very short time.
The past thirty years have brought
previously unfathomable change, and
this begs some questions. Most notably,
What will the next thirty years bring?
Is there any reason to think that the
changes will not be just as monumental?
I don’t think so.
Today we also stand on the precipice of
great social change. Immorality that was
once taboo is now front-page news—with
acceptance. The Internet provides a place
where in order to appear an expert one
needs only an email account and an appearance of being knowledgeable. In this
“post quick and often” world, it is necessary neither to have good grammar nor to
actually demonstrate real expertise.
What an opportunity we have!
The homeschool world quickly em-
braced the tools of technology. Home-
schooling families recognized their value
early on and, I believe, continue to rec-
ognize their value better than have most
other educators. Educational quality is
most definitely enhanced by technology
and Internet access. Research, making
connections to others of similar circum-
stances, and bringing the world into our
homes are just a few of the benefits. Now,
with the burgeoning of online learning,
we see even more value in technology.
Where will it lead?