Should My Kids Skip Traditional Schooling?

Should My Kids Skip Traditional Schooling?

As a mother of three young children, with my eldest just three years old, I find myself standing at a pivotal crossroads regarding their educational journey. Reflecting on my own educational experiences and the current state of education, I’m torn between the traditional paths and a more unorthodox approach that fosters independence and critical thinking.

Historically, our education system was sculpted during the Industrial Revolution, a time when conformity and compliance were valued over creativity and independent thought. Figures like John D. Rockefeller influenced these early frameworks, openly prioritizing a workforce of compliant workers over independent innovators. This design aimed to keep the status quo, producing individuals well-suited for repetitive tasks rather than problem solvers or artists.

Today, however, the landscape of work and education is vastly different. The importance of degrees is being questioned, with major companies like Google and Apple shifting towards skills-based hiring. This reflects a broader understanding that what we need as a society is rapidly changing, and the ability to adapt and innovate is more crucial than ever. It’s clear that the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and innovate are skills that our children will need to thrive in the future.

In light of this, as a parent, I’m evaluating the options available for my children’s education. The traditional path — Catholic schools in our case — offers structure and a tried-and-tested curriculum. However, it often prioritizes memorization and preparation for standardized tests over critical thinking and practical application of knowledge.

On the other hand, alternative educational approaches — such as Montessori, homeschooling, or project-based learning environments — promise a focus on developing independent thinking and practical skills. These methods often provide a more hands-on approach to learning, encouraging children to engage with their education actively and with curiosity.

As I weigh these options, I’m driven by a desire to equip my children not just for college or a specific career path but for a world that values flexibility, innovation, and the ability to think on one’s feet. This isn’t just about academic success but about fostering a lifelong passion for learning and discovery.

Deciding on an educational path is a profound responsibility, one that will shape not only my children’s intellectual development but also their worldviews and their places in society. As we consider our options, it’s essential to keep the focus on what educational goals we value most and how best to prepare our children not just to navigate the world but to improve it. The decision is not just about where they will learn but what foundational skills they will carry forward into their futures.

Monica Roerig Olano
First, a wife and then a mom to three under three, born within 18 months amidst infertility challenges—my life's chaos is my strength. Beyond family, I left a successful corporate career to launch my own digital marketing consultancy. Diagnosed with ADHD later in life and navigating postpartum struggles, I've turned these challenges into superpowers, fueling my mission to start a sober-ISH revolution. Through my podcast and initiatives, I aim to expose the truth about alcohol and enlighten society on healthier alternatives. Visit my website linked above to dive into my journey, resources, and more. I'm not just about words; I'm about action—changing views, one honest conversation at a time. Embracing my unique journey, I lead with resilience and determination.


  1. I’m so happy to see you taking a serious look at whether “traditional” schooling is the best option for your children. Leaving the workforce (as a PhD scientist) 17 years ago to homeschool my 5 kiddos was the best decision I ever made (besides marrying their father;))! Best wishes in your search for the best for your children.


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