I am a homeschool graduate.
Homeschooling is a delightful thing. We learn and can, for the most part, learn at our own pace. To an extent, we have a freedom to learn how we want and we learn to love learning.
However. There is a phenomena about homeschoolers that I wonder about.
It would seem that majority of homeschoolers, from Indiana,USA to Queensland, Australia and in between, at some point in their home education, have taken piano lessons.
Some would say that parents want musical prodigies. Or that music theory looks good on a college application. Parents want their children to learn music because they never learned music and their children deserve better.
Lovely theories. But not true.
I propose something much more likely.
The parents of the world know that homeschoolers are some of the smartest children. They know that others are resentful of this (why do you think homeschool is banned in some parts of the world?).
In short, homeschoolers take piano and music theory so that they can band together and use music as communication. In case of war.
Now. As much truth as I’m sure this is, I do have to wonder about the reasoning behind this. I am sure that somewhere in the world there are homeschoolers that have no music knowledge. And also, a few of us stop practicing when the lessons stop. And then we forget how it works.
Why not something else, though? Why music?
Why haven’t all the homeschoolers learned to knit and communicate like that? (Knit and Purl stitches being like Morse code.)
Or, since we all have to learn math anyway, why not hexadecimals to communicate?
Anyone want to learn how to communicate via blue pawprints left on three items and then we have to figure out the message? (We could call it Blue Clues.)
Thoughts, reader-peeps? Why do homeschoolers learn to play the piano? And if you aren’t homeschooled… you didn’t see anything…