Loving Learning?

We often talk about the love of learning. Why? Shouldn’t that be a no-brainer and nothing special? Just as natural as breathing?

Some children lose their love of learning at school. It can happen suddenly or so slowly that we may not even notice it happening, kind of like a dull constant pain that a person becomes accustomed to.

Some children seem to accept it, but a parent may notice that they don’t have the same eagerness to learn that they once did. Their child has changed.

And then there are the children who pick up on the way school wastes their time. They no longer love learning either, and they let it be known. They may be labeled as problem kids.

Some kids thrive in school, and that’s not the issue. It’s the ones who aren’t having a good experience and who have lost their love of learning that we need to be concerned about. Now.

Karen Taylor’s always homeschooled son attended a local community college after graduating from homeschooling. He transferred to UC Berkeley as a junior, and received a PhD in neuroscience from UCSF.  She shares homeschooling comments and links on Facebook, Pinterest, and this blog.