Homeschooling meets travel bug, and they have a baby. Voila! That's world schooling in a nutshell.
There are lots of fancy, philosophical treatises on this. I think, if you want to see something in real time, then go for it. Don't settle for a textbook photo if you can at all see something with your own two eyes. There is only one life to live, as they say.
I want my kids to experience knowledge firsthand, not out of a book. That's perhaps my greatest driver. I used to hate learning about history from a textbook. Don't get me wrong, I was an excellent student and thrived in my history and art history classes at university. But perhaps, that was when I decided that someday, I would visit these places and see these magnificent things for myself.
In my wanderlust, I wanted my kids to learn about these things with as much excitement and vigor as humanly possible. But how possible is it for a kid to see a picture of the David and get excited about it?
Now, seeing the David, for yourself, that's a different story.
Personally, I didn't go to Italy to see the David. I went there to see Moses.
Of course there was Caesar Augustus too. He was everywhere.