And enter ... LIFE
"Many teachers think of children as immature adults. It might lead to better and more 'respectful' teaching, if we thought of adults as atrophied children. Many 'well-adjusted' adults are bitter, uncreative, frightened, unimaginative, and rather hostile people. Instead of assuming they were born that way, or that that's what being an adult entails, we might consider them as people damaged by their education and upbringing."
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity? (YT129:1)
Schooling The World
Carol Black - Schooling the World - The White Man's Last Burden
Learning / Doing
a blog by Seth Godin
Our society separates them. Somewhere along the way, we decided that one interfered with the other.
Go to school for 8 years to become a doctor–most of that time, you’re learning about doctoring, not actually doing doctoring.
Go to work as a copywriter. Most of the time, you’re doing writing, not learning about new ways to write.
The thing we usually seek to label as ‘learning’ is actually more about ‘education’. It revolves around compliance, rankings and “Will this be on the test?”
Being good at school is not the same as learning something.
One reason that we don’t incorporate doing into education is that it takes the authority away from those that would seek to lecture and instruct.
There are 56 million people in K-12 (compulsory education) in the US right now. Most of them do nothing all day but school, failing to bring real-life activity, experimentation and interaction into the things that they are being taught.
And there are more than a hundred million people going to their jobs every day in the US, but few of them read books or take lessons regularly about how to do their work better. That’s considered a distraction or, at best, inconvenient or simply wasted time.
The gap is real.
It often takes a decade or more for a profession to accept and learn a new approach. It took gastroenterologists a generation before they fully accepted that most ulcers were caused by bacteria and changed their approach. It has taken our justice system more than thirty years to take a hard look at sentencing and corrections.
It could be because we’re confusing learning with education. That education (someone else is in charge and I might fail) is a power shift from doing, so I’d rather be doing, thank you very much.
What happens if the learning we do is accomplished by always engaging in it in conjunction with our doing?
And what happens if we take a hard look at our doing and spend the time to actually learn something from it?
When police departments invest time in studying their numbers and investigating new approaches, they discover that efficacy and productivity goes up, safety improves and so does job satisfaction.
When science students devise and operate their own lab tests, their understanding of the work dramatically improves.
Education (the compliance-based system that all of us went through) is undergoing a massive shift, as big as the ones that have hit the other industries that have been rebuilt by the connection and leverage the internet brings. And yet, too much of the new work is simply coming up with a slightly more efficient way to deliver lectures plus tests.
The alternative? Learning. Learning that embraces doing.
The doing of speaking up, reviewing and be reviewed. The learning of relevant projects and peer engagement.
Learning and doing together, at the same time, each producing the other.
That same symmetric property applies to just about everything we care about.
To quote the ancient rockers, “We don’t need no… education.” But we could probably benefit from some learning.
In the middle of all this doing, this constant doing, we might benefit from learning to do it better.
Doubts? Read These Books!
If you have any doubts about immediately unschooling your children, any doubts at all... read the books below.
You do not have to read all of them. Reading 8 or 10 of these books listed below is sufficient to build the matrix in you to open the door for you to release your children from prison so they can do whatever they need to do to learn to live.
By the time you read 8 or 10 of these books, your doubts, which come from your fear... (Do you experientially know that? I don't know what you know or don't know. Doubts come from your fears. Adult initiated fear is not bad or wrong or stupid. Fear is one of your 4 Feelings or one of your 4 Emotions which are your authentic adulthood resources for handling things and healing things in your life. Do you experientially know that?
Ahhh... not experientially being able to Inner Navigate your feelings and emotions forces you into behaving as a crippled, subverted, adolescent who is easily forced into following the patriarchal plan for your economic slavery... no wonder you have doubts about making a choice that is not offered on the menu.
No wonder you have doubts about taking your kids our of school and never forcing them to go back there.
Your mind may well know that each day your child spends in school is one day less they have to prepare themselves for what is coming... but your heart and soul are not initiated into adulthood and so they quiver in uncertainty and follow the flock of Zombies.
Sorry about your doubts... they would be gone after reading 8 or 10 of these books.
Your doubts would be replaced by your certainty... which is your anger... Do you experientially know that? Your clarity comes from stellating your anger... stellating is one of the beginning adulthood initiatory processes...
Ho... there is a lot to learn...
Fortunately you can learn anything you want to learn. Your mind is yours to play with and make into whatever you want.
It is not too late. You are designed to grow up.
Diamond Age, or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
The friendly John Percival Hackworth is a nanotechnician who just finished developing a 'book', A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, which is actually an interactive-supercomputer designed to teach a young girl to take her authority back and think for herself in a stifling society. It performs its functions perfectly. Unfortunately Hackworth loses the book, and it falls into the hands of a street urchin whose Box is expanded by the book to the point that she changes the culture of Shanghai.
If you want a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer for yourself (or Young Gentleman's Illustrated Primer... for that matter...) you might find it alive and waiting for you for free online at StartOver.xyz.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
...an adventure of the mind and spirit
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
...in search of happiness lost
"If the world could be saved by a book, this might just be the book."
Wounded By School by Kirsten Olson
...recapturing the joy in learning and standing up to old school culture
Education and Ecstasy by George B. Leonard
The End of Education by Neil Postman
...redefining the value of school
The Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Magical Child, a classic work, profoundly questions the current thinking on childbirth pratices, parenting, and educating our children. Its daring ideas about how Western society is damaging our children, and how we can better nurture them and ourselves, ring truer than ever. From the very instant of birth, says Joseph Chilton Pearce, the human child has only one concern: to learn all that there is to learn about the world. This planet is the child's playground, and nothing should interfere with a child's play. Raised this way, the Magical Child is a happy genius, capable of anything, equipped to fulfill his amazing potential.
Expanding on the ideas of internationally acclaimed child psychologist Jean Piaget, Pearce traces the growth of the mind-brain from birth to adulthood. He connects the alarming rise in autism, hyperkinetic behavior, childhood schizophrenia, and adolescent suicide to the all too common errors we make in raising and educating our children. Then he shows how we can restore the astonishing wealth of creative intelligence that is the birthright of every human being. Pearce challenged all our notions about child rearing, and in the process challenges us to re-examine ourselves. Pearce's message is simple: it is never too late to play, for we are all Magical Children.
Magical Child Matures by Joseph Chilton Pearce
From Magical Child To Magical Teen by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Magical Parent Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Guerilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn
...how to give your kids a real education with or without school
Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn
...how to quit school and get a real life and education
Real Lives by Grace Llewellyn
...eleven teenagers who don't go to school tell their own stories
Growing Up Global by Homa Sabet Tavangar
...raising children to be at home in the world
Teach Your Own by John Holt
...a book of homeschooling
Instead Of Education by John Holt
...ways to help people do things better
Summerhill School by A. S. Neill
...a new view of childhood
Homeschooling Our Children - Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee
Homeschooling The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen
...your complete guide to successfully homeschooling the 13- to 18-year-old
Radical Unschooling by Dayna Martin
...a revolution has begun
Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
...the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling
Weapons Of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
...a schoolteachers journey through the dark world of compulsory schooling
Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Welden
...how homeschooling changes everything
The Unschooling Unmanual by Nanda Von Gestel
The New Global Student by Maya Frost
...skip the SAT, save thousands on tuition, and get a truly international education
The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffeth
...how to use the whole world as your child's classroom
The First Year Of Homeschooling Your Child by Linda Dobson
...your complete guide to getting off to the right start
Making An Unschooling Family Is Making Love
Hold Space for the 'Center of Being' of Your Family
It is possible (even ordinary!) to hold space for an extraordinary daily family experience. The way to hold space for extraordinary daily family experience starts with you (in particular the man) keeping the center of your family.
Each family has a center of being, just like each person has a center of being. Keeping the center of the family is Archetypally the man’s job, but actually the woman and man work together keeping the family center. Keeping the center of your family is similar to keeping your own personal center, and involves three components:
KEEPING THE CENTER OF YOUR FAMILY
To keep the center of your family you must know the purpose of your family. What is the purpose of your family? Is the purpose of your family Ordinary Human Relationship, Extraordinary Human Relationship, or Archetypal Relationship? It is not a common practice to consciously remember and live into the purpose of your family.
A breakthrough in family satisfaction can occur through realizing that the purpose of your family may differ from the purpose of other families. There is no 'normal' family. It is not required that your family’s style of being together imitates any previously known or recognizable family pattern. Bringing this idea to a few family discussions can suddenly free both children and adults to unleash creativity for discovering what your family could be for you. In a short while you could find yourselves thriving in a dynamic, harmonious mini-society experimenting to express individual desires and personalities.
Without intentionally exploring the purpose of your family the purpose is controlled by whoever makes the loudest shouts. Since the way children develop responsibility is through testing parental boundaries it is often the children who shout the loudest. Or the shouting may come from the father or mother who are not aware that clarity is more powerful than making boundaries, and clarity does not require shouting. Clarity only requires statement.
Having the center of your family located someplace other than the purpose of your family typically fills the 'relationship creation zone' that your family represents with Ordinary Human Relationship. Then the chances for Extraordinary Human or Archetypal Relationship happening in the family are lost.
DEVOLVING INTO ORDINARY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
Here are twenty sure-fire ways to undermine the Archetypal center of your family and thereby create Ordinary Family Relationship:
Something different occurs in a family only when the adults hold and navigate the center of the family into Extraordinary Human or Archetypal Relationship. The practice for navigating the center of the family into Extraordinary Human or Archetypal Relationship is to consistently ask and answer this question: “In the name of which purpose are we as a family gathered in this moment?”
Aim to keep the center of the family in the Adult context, the responsible context, and the extraordinary context. Make this your purpose, and make your purpose top priority, no matter what else is happening.
Do not forget your priority. Strive to keep 10 percent of your attention focused on navigating the family space to consistently answer the question of purpose. Nobody can do this for you. Nobody can stop you from doing it.
"I've spent over a quarter century now watching some magnificent human beings growing up in and out, but mostly out, of school, mostly according to a philosophy variably known as unschooling, deschooling, life learning, or self-directed learning. All of which pretty much just mean life. Without school. They have taught me a lot, been witness to and recipients of some of my greatest blunders (as my daughter said to me one day when she was about nine, I try to remind myself that you're just a young inexperienced mother), and sources of a joy more boundless than I had thought possible."
Per the TEDx Talk by Logan LaPlante
DVD Class Dismissed! 2015 http://classdismissedmovie.com/
Academia Edu www.academia.edu
Alternatives To School www.alternativestoschool.com
Bambino Tours for Children http://www.bambino-tours.de/stellen.php
Center for Planetary Culture Wiki http://planetaryculture.com/wiki/index.php?title=Consciousness#INITIATION_AND_INDOCTRINATION
Centre for Self Managed Learning www.selfmanagedlearning.org
Chaos Pilots (Berne, Switzerland) http://www.kaospilots.ch/kaospilots/partners.html
Choice In Education www.choiceineducation.co.uk
Creating Learning Communities www.creatinglearningcommunities.org
Education Otherwise www.education-otherwise.org
Educational Heretics Press http://edheretics.gn.apc.org
Educator Labs http://educatorlabs.org/request-a-resource/
EdX free online education www.edx.org/how-it-works
Flock Society (designing a free and open online commons economy) http://en.wiki.floksociety.org
Flying University https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_University
GEN Database of Best Practices http://db.ecovillage.org/en
Global Issues Network http://global-issues-network.org/ourstory/
Gunnar and Family a year on Jakobsweg http://wanderleben.wordpress.com/
Green School – Bali www.greenschool.org
Home Education www.home-education.org.uk
Home Education Advisory Service www.heas.org.uk
Home Education Research www.homeeducationresearch.org
Human Scale Education www.hse.org.uk
Informal Education www.infed.org
Inspired Learning Project http://www.inspiredlearningproject.com/
Invisible College (historical) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_College
Ithaca Project www.ithaca.org
Khan Academy free online math videos www.khanacademy.org
Laura Grace Weldon – Free Range Learning http://lauragraceweldon.com
Liberation Unleashed: http://liberationunleashed.com/
Linn Kristin and 144 Schools http://www.144.no/Project-144-.html
Living School www.livingschool.org
Magical Childhood www.magicalchildhood.com
Movement Generation www.movementgeneration.org/resources/curriculum
Network for the Freedom of Education – legal advocacy group
Otherwise Club www.choiceineducation.co.uk/oc
Outernet Whiteboard https://whiteboard.outernet.is/en/
P2PU (Person 2 Person University) https://p2pu.org/en
Personalized Education Now (CPE) www.gn.apc.org/c.person.ed
Präsenz in der Schule http://praesenzinderschule.wordpress.com
Project Gutenberg – 100,000 free books online www.gutenberg.org
Red Gypsy Lauren with 3 daughters in Australia www.sparklingadventures.com/index.php?id=2002
Redefine School – Philippé Greier http://redefineschool.com/philippe-greier/
Robert Gilman – New Tools for the Journey: The Human Side of Sustainability (talk from Systems Thinking In Action STIA) http://conference.stiatemenos.com/wp-content/themes/stiapl.us/media.php?eventid=&mediasrc=https://soundcloud.com/stiatemenos/stia-now-robert-gilman-interview-part-1?auto_play=true
Schoolhouse Home Education Association www.welcome.to/schoolhouse
School of All Relations, Aegina Island, Greece for 18-25 year olds www.schoolofallrelations.com
School of Everything www.schoolofeverything.com
Schools of Trust www.schoolsoftrust.com
Singularity University www.singularityu.org
Tools for Implementing Initiatives by Youth http://issuu.com/urbanrecipes
Ubiquity University http://www.ubiquityuniversity.org/
Unseen University (in the Terry Pratchett books) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unseen_University
Wilderness Awareness wildernessawareness.org
Wisdom University (Paul H. Ray, Sherry Ruth Anderson et. al.) www.wisdomuniversity.org/faculty.htm