Yeah, your kids can teach you. Let me explain.
Pumpkin is attending a learning center and he was able to pick four classes all to take place in one day (1.5 hours long each). When we were picking these, he looked longingly at a class called digging for dinosaurs. I had to talk him out of it. When I looked at the class description, they were going to cover five dinosaurs this year, one of which was brontosaurus. This dinosaur doesn’t exist anymore. It was named and then scientists realized the dinosaur they’d named brontosaurus was, in fact, one they’d already found — apatosaurus. The rules of naming dinosaurs says that when this happens they must revert back to calling it the original name. Pumpkin knows this and about a thousand other facts about sauropods (the big plant-eaters). I could imagine this class being a serious frustration for him. He’d have a hard time not interrupting constantly. He has the knowledge to teach the class and maybe more accurately than the teacher at the learning center*. That was how I finally talked him out of it. I offered to let him teach me about dinosaurs in his own class.
Gifted kids like mine do amass knowledge like this. Despite our best efforts to keep up, there are only so many hours in a day. As for the dinosaur course that he’s teaching. It’s really interesting. He’s already talked about early raptors and birds of the triassic, the evolution of dinosaurs from the “suchus” or crocodilian type creatures, the ongoing controversy of feathers and which dinosaurs had them, and the chemical makeup of the atmosphere that may have contributed to the gargantuan sized creatures that romed the late jurrassic and early cretaceous. All of that from an eight year old!
This is a situation I don’t think most public schools can allow. There are issues with accreditation, first. But it might not be advisable for them to allow any one child that much power. It could attract bullies, and it might affect the teacher’s control over the classroom.
I think every kid should get the chance to teach what they love. It’s an eye opening experience for them. They suddenly understand how difficult it is to plan a lesson and execute it without simply lecturing. Tying in hands-on activities is even harder, particularly for a child. Pumpkin actually said, “Boy Mom, I never realized how much work you had to put into my school stuff outside of when you’re teaching me.”
* I can’t know this with any certainty since he didn’t take the class. It’s possible the teacher would have explained that brontosaurus isn’t a proper name any more.