Unschooling memes for the week 14
The most urgent necessity is, not that the state should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education. – Frederic Bastiat.
Kids who are in school just visit life sometimes, and they have to stop and go do homework or go to sleep early or get to school on time. They are constantly reminded they are preparing “for real life”, while being isolated from it. – Sandra Dodd.
Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn. – Alice Miller.
For a small child, there’s no division between playing and learning, between things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things are ‘educational’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play. – Penelope Leach.
Dozens of research studies have shown that when people choose to perform some task, they perform it more fully and effectively than when they feel more compelled by others to perform it. When compelled, they tend to do the minimum necessary to meet the requirements…Everyone, regardless of age, prefers freedom and self-direction to rigid control by others. When we compel children to “learn” in school, they are inclined to do the least possible learning that they can get away with, just as adults are in similar circumstances. – Peter Gray.