-I want them to be self-reliant
-I want them to be self-motivated
-I want them to do everything independently
While we want them to become more mature and to branch out into other areas of interest without hovering over them, why would we stop having that wonderful relationship between teacher and student, parent and older child? Is this confusion over what "self-education" means? Haven't we raised them so that we can have that mature relationship that includes discussing the Great Ideas?
"Just because they are in high school, doesn't mean you stop treating them as persons."
Mason's foundational principles are just as important during high school as they were in elementary school. Is getting them a computer for their room and having them do all their work in a separate location treating them as persons? Is having them do independent course work without any involvement from you treating them as persons? How about scheduling their free time to the hilt?
"But it is because we are importing into modern education hurry, worry, and anxiety, selfishness, competition, and feverish desire for success, prize-winning, place-winning, and mark-winning, all tending year by year to grow in intensity and to become more powerful agents, that I see and foresee injury to health, degradation of intellect, and a departure from a true ideal of education." - Dr. Pridgin Teale, Parents' Review, 1892
I believe that we have to go back to Mason's first principle, "Children are born persons" and continue to apply it to our children, young or old. I believe that because I think it makes a marked difference. What do you think?