Do we need teachers? Well, yes and no. We need to learn to be a teacher of ourself, but no, teachers are not a necessary ingredient for learning. They can help if they are good, but most learning is self-learning. In this video I lay out the quick case for reconsidering the importance of a teacher in the learning process.



Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr.

    2 replies to "Teachers Are Unnecessary for Independent Homeschool Learning"

    • Russ

      I agree with you whole heartedly. Most classrooms have little interaction, which relegates teaching to no more than a video presentation. Tutoring is a different matter however, that’s why my home educated son learns with a math tutor twice a week. Takes pressure off myself and places me more into the role I prefer, which is coach.

      • Fred Ray Lybrand

        Yes. It’s funny to me that when public education fails we hire a tutor or get tutored. Why not just begin with a tutor (like you are doing)?
        On the other hand, I think the real aim is to learn how to tutor oneself 😉

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