Unschooling memes for the week 21
A machine’s natural state is to move according to the dictates of its operator. The natural state of a child is move according to his own developing brain, which is seeking specific inputs to construct itself. – Trevor Eissler.
The way our government institutions and media are telling us to parent is perpetuating the authoritarian paradigm which is distancing us from our children and robbing us of the joy that we are all meant to have by nature as parents. Take back your lives and the lives of your children. Take the freedom and joy that is waiting for you and begin to deschool yourself on everything you thought you knew on parenting and education. Freedom is waiting for you in ways that you’ve never dreamed before. Join the revolution. – Dayna Martin.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless. – Leo Tolstoy.
The great service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subject, we destroy his standards, perhaps for life. – C. S. Lewis.
If I demanded you give up your television to an anonymous, itinerant repairman who needed work you’d think I was crazy; if I came with a policeman who forced you to pay that repairman even after he broke your set, you would be outraged. Why are you so docile when you give your child up to a government agent called a school teacher? – John Taylor Gatto.
We ask children to do most of a day what few adults are able to do for even an hour. How many of us, attending, say, a lecture that doesn’t interest us, can keep our minds from wandering? Hardly any. – John Holt.
I don’t see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were. – John Holt.