The Journey of Scholé

Carolyn Baddorf shares some beautiful thoughts on the pursuit of scholé in this recent Scholé Groups blog post. I am truly grateful to be associated with the wonderful people in this group, in our common pursuit to “repair the ruins.”

It seems an important thing to remember for moms desiring the best for our children, moms who get excited by many things, is that the learning journey, for us as well as for our students, is a “pedestrian journey” . . . We put one foot in front of the other as we learn together. Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and we do not have to figure it all out in one or two years. Our children do not have to learn everything there is to know in 12 years. We are modeling and living with our children the process of growth in the right direction. We are journeying together through the wilds of nature, the pinnacles of great ideas, the forests of great literature, the swamps of tough new concepts. We sight together the splendors of math and physics, of proportion and art. We don’t do this in a one-time fly-by, but we do this one step at a time, regularly dipping into these aspects of Creation.

Yet, in balance:

There are so many things to learn. Wonder is around every corner. The number of languages to learn and books to read far outnumber our capacity to consume. I can quickly become an educational glutton. A scholé approach emphasizes quality over quantity. In order to lead and coach our child into an experience of the ecstasy of mastery in an area of study, we must say no to other excellent things. Many great options vie for our attention: Bible studies, sports, excellent music lessons, clubs. How does one choose?! Counting the cost of each is so important. Saying “yes” to excellent things may draw our families and our children from the best.

This last bit was my favorite. She touches on the importance of community in learning and in leadership. God has graciously provided such a wise group of fellow directors at Providence Prep—they are quick to cheer and encourage a big vision, yet help curb the perfectionism that so often paralyzes me. It’s a living example of Proverbs 15:22.

Perfectionism both drives and strangles. In our homeschool group, we have some talented and visionary people. Coming together as a team of five co-leaders has been a beautiful thing. Co-leading has balanced us, individual weaknesses set off by another’s strength, collective wisdom enriching the direction of the group. Another benefit is we can help to rein each other in as we become ambitious beyond our capacity to execute. The challenge is, it all takes time and discussion. We have to hold in tension making our co-op better and more beautiful with being satisfied with “good enough.” In this tension we are invited to humility, trust, and accountability. Read the entire post at Scholé Groups.

Related: Toward Scholé In Our Homeschools and Co-Ops

Two Friends by Oliver Ingraham Lay, 1877

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