About Jamie McMillin

Jamie McMillin homeschooled her two oldest children, now university honors students, from K-12 and her youngest from K-8. She is the author of Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers’ Guide to Self-Directed Excellence. For more info, please visit her blog Legendary Learning.

How will you know if your homeschooling has been a success?

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The following is a guest post by Jamie McMillin of Legendary Learning.

Every parent’s fondest hope is that his or her child will be successful in life. We don’t want to brag … but we really do. Right?

I suspect this urge is especially prevalent amongst homeschooling parents, because we have presumed to know better than the official public school system how our children should be educated.

What if we’re wrong? What if the whole thing was a big mistake? The stakes are high. Society is watching, so we really want to prove that we did a good job.

The problem is that the indicators society typically uses to measure accomplishment are not very useful for predicting true success in life. Things like grades, test scores, contests, and college admission are only useful for comparing students to standards picked by society.

But if you think about the people in this world who are truly happy, or who have made the greatest contributions to society, you’ll realize that those people did not do what everybody else expected them to do.

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