I wept because I was re-experiencing the enthusiasm of my childhood; I was once again a child, and nothing in the world could cause me harm.Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage One of the more irritating things about living in the age of social media is the sheer volume of people who fancy themselves to be instant experts … Continue reading Long-term and short-term homeschoolers
There has never been more interest in homeschooling than there is at this moment. Between the "new normal" politicians are trying to introduce into public schools because of an illness that has no statistically significant impact on children and riots causing people who live in urban and large suburban areas to live in fear, a … Continue reading Unschooling and self-sabotage in the homeschooling community
We were invited to a birthday party this weekend, which meant that I spent three hours watching young children play in a country club pool. I was surprised to see some children as young as seven or eight immediately split off into cliques. These pint-sized Kardashians resisted interacting with each other with ample servings of … Continue reading Education, flourishing, and why parents (and schools) fail their children
"Unschooling" or "self-directed learning" is all the rage on homeschooling forums. It's a loathsome trend that (as a homeschooler) I wish would go away already. One of my single greatest fears about homeschooling now is being lumped in with unschoolers from a regulatory standpoint and losing the flexibility in educating our child that we currently … Continue reading Confess your unpopular opinion: “Unschooling” is a terrible fad
What does a kid learn from playing? E playing with a lizard on a nature walk. We consider hiking part of our school day. It seems like every day there is an article in some newspaper about how homeschooling is skyrocketing in the United States. The article starts off by quoting (bad) government statistics that … Continue reading What Should Education Do For a Child?