Actualitzat el dia: 02/03/2014

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Bucky Fuller

why hackschooling?

Hackschooling is a term coined by the homeschooling family of 13 year old Logan LaPlante and explained in Logan’s speech(see video at right) at a TEDx event in February 2013 .  The concept is that education, like everything else, is open to being hacked or improved, not just by working within the current system, but by going outside the educational establishment to find better ways to accomplish the same goals.  The most innovative entrepreneurs are people who are able to hack the status quo and create something completely new.  The concept is summarized in this quote but Buckminster Fuller, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Educational ReformPublic Education is in a constant state of reform.  From the ‘whole language approach’ of the 60s, ‘new math’ of the 70s, focus on cultural literacy of the 80s, the outcome based education of the 90s, ‘No Child Left Behind’ in the 2000s, to the latest incarnation of educational reform known as The Common Core State Standards Initiative, we see constant change but little improvement.  Most homeschooling families have decided for one reason or another that the public school classroom is not the best way to meet the educational needs of their children.  We are the innovators who want to find a better way to educate.
It would have been impossible to imagine at the outset of outcome based education that we could end up with a scenario such as the one described in the video to the left.  Requiring that learning  be consistent and measurable seemed like a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, the implementation of that concept and its subsequent incarnation known as ‘No Child Left Behind’ has resulted in a whole new set of very undesirable issues.  While we cannot verify the veracity of this man’s story, he is not the only one making these claims.  If this is the situation in our classrooms today, the Common Core State Standard Initiative is not likely to be a suitable fix.  Generations of American children have already suffered through the experimental practices of the public school system.  The Natomas Homeschool Alliance aims to make it easier for parents to access an alternative approach.
The Hybrid ModelOur lives are full of hybrids. We drive hybrid cars, eat hybrid tomatoes, and hopefully take time to smell the hybrid roses.  Even our vocabulary is littered with hybrids.  Who doesn’t enjoy a staycation or a catpanion?   As homeschoolers, our education consists of gleaning the best of a variety of educational models to create a customized model that works for our family and our children.  We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  We just take the best of classroom instruction, individualized instruction, classical, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, traditional, etc. and we create a hybrid that hopefully provides the ultimate learning experience for our children.  That is what hackschooling is all about and the Natomas Homeschool Alliance wants to come alongside families to provide some of the components of your perfect hybrid.
Inclusive Community This is a team effort.  The roots of the Natomas Homeschool Alliance can be found in the Natomas Park Day Group (NPDG) which started in 2006.  The goal of the NPDG has always been to form an inclusive homeschooling community.  Sacramento has many opportunities for private homeschoolers and many opportunities for charter homeschoolers but very few opportunities for the two to come together.  The availability of charter funds tends to drive up the price of many classes forcing private families out of the market and the private organizations intentionally exclude charter families as a means of self-preservation.  Natomas has traditionally hosted very few private opportunities due to the large charter program based here.  During the 5 years I homeschooled independently, I found myself driving all over the city to take advantage of the affordable private classes available and it was taking valuable time away from our learning.  Eventually, I felt I had little choice but to join the local charter if I wanted to provide the best educational experience for my children.

Photo by Jay Ryness, used by permission

The Natomas Homeschool Alliance wants to bring real choice to Natomas.  We want independent families to be able to access classes affordably and charter families to have opportunities to build their own best hybrid model and not be limited to what their charter provides.

We would love for you to join us.


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