I’m a senior in a public high school. And I’ve been reading some stuff by G.K. Chesterton, mostly things in his website, chesterton.org, and the book G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense by Dale Alquist. I hope a lot of you read him, or else it might be tougher to answer my queries, but for those of you who don’t know him just go to chesterton.org and click the box that says, “who is this guy and why haven’t I heard of him.” Then after that, just read around so you have an idea where I’m coming from.
Anyway, I’m convinced that I should have my parents intrinsically involved in my education rather than just the government. Although I don’t know if its practical to be home schooled right now. For one thing, i don’t know if its the right thing to do with only one more year before college, and second, i don’t know if my parents would like the idea of homeschooling. Yeah, I have told my parents how we should become a better and closer family because of my reading from Chesterton, but I don’t think they fully grasp the gravity that they should be more central in my life because I don’t explain it like Chesterton. Okay, other than considering homeschooling, there is just getting more involved in my public schooling, but in such a way that they become more central to the schooling process rather than being on the side. But the fact is, this is public school, theres hardly any chances for parent involvement (idk if its different for catholic schools). I was thinking of just trying to tell them all the stuff I learn in school and we just go back and forth with whatever they have to say, giving whatever Catholic perspective they give. Although, I’m in high school, I don’t know if its practical to go through all those mountains of information and I’m not sure if that style would give them a central enough role. So basically, how do I make my parents my first and formost educators to get a real good education? Home schooling? Working the public school system? Some other third thing? And does anybody know how they handle parent involvement in Chesterton Academy in Minnesota? That would help.
On a side note, does anybody have any tips on understanding Chesterton’s writing more? I don’t have the best reading comprehension. For example, I couldn’t really follow Chesterton when he talks about why public education makes specialists or even why its better to be a generalist? Or even what specialist and generalist mean?