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    I think that a lot of the "leadership" training is more about taking initiative and getting things done. It's not necessarily about getting others to follow you, but about being the kind of person who sees what needs to be done and actually does something about it, whether it's starting a new project, sending that e-mail, helping the group finish the group project on time, etc...

    I think homeschooling requires quite a lot of this type of leadership, because nobody is going to run your life for you. Either the parents or the kids have to take the initiative to choose curricula, choose activities, start projects, organize park days, set up a club, etc, because no one will do it for you. In schools, kids can just float along, going with the flow, and doing what they're told. They can do it in a homeschool, too, if their parents are running the show for them. I try, whenever possible, to prod my children into planning and organizing stuff for themselves.

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    This is close to the near obsession with "teams" and "collaboration." Some of us do our best work alone. The school that DD attended through her K year has been structured so that all of the work in the elementary years is in teams. It's an unfounded intrusion of the corporate world, business-speak, and careerism into academia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDad View Post
    This is close to the near obsession with "teams" and "collaboration." Some of us do our best work alone. The school that DD attended through her K year has been structured so that all of the work in the elementary years is in teams. It's an unfounded intrusion of the corporate world, business-speak, and careerism into academia.
    Absolutely! There is no room for individual thought or support for those who need time and space to process information or who simply prefer to work on their own. And then there are all of the artificial team building exercises to supposedly bring everyone together. I was subjected to those in college and in the working world, and all they ever really accomplished was to quickly identify those who were "other." It's sad that it's starting so young in schools now. It seems the powers that be are forgetting that we cannot all be corporate clones. The world needs thinkers and innovators who don't necessarily fit in the team box. It all makes me so weary. :/
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