Something that really makes me sick about homeschoolers is that they think their kids are exceptional. I mean, of course your kids are exceptional to you. It’s why you love them so much. But they are not exceptional to us. So all kids are exceptional which makes none, really exceptional.
This reminds me of Daniel Gilbert’s research about how we are all average because that’s the definition of average. And that most people think they are above average at football and below average at juggling but they are, actually, average at both. (Note: I feel I am below average at football and above average at juggling but I have a sneaking suspicion that this is an average feeling for parents who are homeschooling their kids. We self-select.)
Anyway, another thing that bugs me about homeschool parents is the need to teach kids what they think is important for them. So, look, your kid does not need to be exposed to abstract art. It’s nice, for sure. If you like it, put it in your house. But it seems much more educational to show your kids how you relate to art, if you actually do, than to teach them that they MUST learn to relate to art. And if you don’t relate to art, fine. Who cares? You can expose your kid to other stuff and if your kid was born to be Picasso, he’ll start drawing anyway.
What I really want to tell you is that letting your kids be your kids is much better than treating them as exceptional kids who need introductions to subjects for exceptional thinkers. We are all creative. And we’re all looking for meaning. It doesn’t take an exceptional person to need those things. It takes a parent who will leave their kid alone long enough to figure themselves out for themselves.
But for those who are looking for some way to introduce their kid to abstract art, you must buy this book. Modern Art Desserts. It’s by a woman who starting baking stuff inspired by modern artists.