Unschooling memes of the week 2

john_gottman_unschooling_memeIn the last decade or so,science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. – John Gottman.

jane_nelsen_unschooling_memeWhere did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? – Jane Nelsen

alfie_kohn_unschooling_memeIf a child is off-task, perhaps the problem is not the child, but the task. – Alphie Kohn.

dayna_martin_unschooling_memeThe 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 he joy that is waiting for you and begin to deschool yourself on everything you knew about parenting and education. – Dayna Martin.

george_bernard_shaw_unschooling_memeFrom a very early age, I had to interrupt my education to go to school. George Bernard Shaw.

alejandro_jodorowsky_unschooling_memeBirds born in a cage think flying is an illness. Alejandro Jodorowsky.

peter_gray_unschooling_memeWe expect kids to sit for hours and do what they are told to do, and if they can’t do it, nobody kindly says, “I see you are restless, get up and play.” They say, “You better go get tested for ADHD so we can put you on drugs…” Peter Gray, PhD.

oscar_wilde_unschooling_memeEducation is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. – Oscar Wilde.

george_carlin_unschooling_memeDon’t just teach your children to read…teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything. – George Carlin.

kelly_halldorson_unschooling_memeYou own you. And that means you’re responsible for your own choices no matter what injustice life throws your way. With that understanding comes a level of freedom. – Kelly Halldorson.


Paul King is a happily married unschooling dad of two wonderful boys. Currently living in Bali and working his way around the world. He runs the websites www.mypashmina.co.uk www.hammockheaven.co.uk and www.therealrugcompany.co.uk.

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