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What if it Wasn’t an Option?

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On this blog you might have read about subjects such as homeschooling, making a cup of coffee or simply what good films are out there. These are some things that we, who are fortunate to live in a developed country, might take for granted…but not everyone is fortunate to have those choices.

There are many countries around the world where homeschooling simply isn’t an option. Instead, children can be forced to walk for miles just to attend their nearest school. Many simply don’t attend at all – not because they don’t want to, because they do, but because they can’t.

Can you imagine if you didn’t go to school? If you didn’t gain an education? Life would be so much different, that is for certain.

If you couldn’t homeschool your children and didn’t have a school in commuting distance, life would be harder. What if it wasn't an option?

If You Couldn’t Homeschool

Some regular readers might think that if there wasn’t access to schools, they could always fall back on homeschooling their children. Many of you will already be doing that…but if you yourself do not have an education that you can pass on, homeschooling simply isn’t an option.

If you couldn’t homeschool your children and didn’t have a school in commuting distance, life would be a lot harder. The standard of services would be much lower than we take for granted and our children wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have been blessed with. Instead, the only option for children would be to enter the workforce at an uncomfortably early age – taking the country back to Victorian times.

The Foundation that Society is Built Upon

When you think about the effect that a severe lack of schools would have on society, it becomes quite scary. No schools mean no education, and that means no specialist services such as medical professionals that help to keep us fit and healthy.

It would also mean a lack in creative arts. Reading and writing would once again be exclusive to the upper classes, while the rest of the country would be left without what has become one of the primary means of communication. You wouldn’t be able to read this blog post…and I wouldn’t have been able to write it.

If you couldn’t homeschool your children and didn’t have a school in commuting distance, life would be harder. What if it wasn't an option?

This is Happening Today

The above sounds unbelievable. Can you actually imagine a world where the above is true? Open your eyes, because it is. Millions of people around the world live in exactly this situation with no schools, no education, no opportunities, and no hope. We are lucky to live where we do because we are able to take such luxuries for granted, we are able to wish we didn’t have to go to school or work for a day because we know it will be there the day after.

For many, there is no school to wish they didn’t have to attend, there is no work they can have a day off from. There is no education that can be given to children in the hope that one day, they might find their way to a better place.

As lucky as we are, we shouldn’t forget or disregard those that do not have what we do. The best of us will use the gifts that we have been given to try and make the world a better place, for everyone that breathes the same oxygen that we do.

Pass the Message on

You might be asking yourself ‘what can I do?’ to help? The best thing that you can do is to pass this message on to your husband, your wife, your mother, your father your children, your students, your neighbor, your friend…to anyone.

For many, this isn’t an option. For us, it is – and we shouldn’t let that go to waste.

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