Words to live by:
"to milk a duck, you must first find one with udders..."
Robbie, age 6
At its best, at its most effective, its most unfettered, the moment of learning is a moment of delight... When joy is absent, the effectiveness of the learning process falls until the human being is operating hesitantly, grudgingly, fearfully, at only a tiny fraction of his potential.
~ George Leonard from the essay How School Stunts Your Child, published in Look magazine, 1968
If you knew you only had a year more with that child, what would you expose him to? Where would you go? What would you eat? What would you watch? What would you do? If you had only ONE year—and then it was all over, what would you do? Four seasons. Twelve months. 365 days.
Do that THIS year. And the next.
That's how unschooling works. By living life as if it were an adventure. As if you only had a limited amount of time with that child. Because that's the way it IS.
And so we arrive at the idea... that education can be improved by bigger salaries for teachers - which may be true, but education cannot be improved, as the propenents too often imply, by bigger salaries alone. There must also be love of learning and of the cultural tradition and of excellence - and this love cannot exist, because it makes no sense, apart from the love of a place and a community. Without this love, education is only the importation into a local community of centrally prescribed "career preparation" designed to facilitate the exportation of young careerists.Our children are educated, then, to leave home, not to stay home, and the costs of this education have been far too little acknowledged. - Wendell Berry, What Are People For?