I said I’d update you on my quest for knowledge that I could inpart to my childrenwhich didn’t require book learning. Of course I realize that I impart knowledge to my children every day without picking up a book. They gain their own knowledge every day from all sorts of sources in addition to books. We go out into the world on a regular basis, I’m outspoken and so are they. So living-from-life experiences are wonderfully plentiful. Today for instance, they heard a diatribe from me against someone not wanting to tip a waitress who they thought made more money than they did (after they’d enjoyed a week in a 5 star hotel)?! And they heard a values vs. materialism, ‘What’s real happiness?’ rant against someone who seriously didn’t want to marry anyone who couldn’t afford a huge rock as a wedding ring. All important points of view to consider I think!
My fire was lit today by two wonderful experiences – one a TED video
the other a piece on a random website I came across when I typed ‘What is creativity?’ into Google. http://www.osho.com/en/highlights-of-oshos-world/what-is-creativity/
I showed the TED clip to my son and I really hope something rubbed off onto him. This 13 year old hackschooler/homeschooler is a real inspiration. I got the clip from https://www.facebook.com/homeschoolingunschooling – I subscribe to their feed and almost daily inspiration.
Both these clips reminded me of a favourite TED lecture that I’m sure I’ve posted about before – http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html The TED lecture that’s had more than 14 million views!!
Have a look at these and tell me what YOU think whilst I continue my search for unschooling peace of mind, despite figures in the community apparently letting us down.
A few days ago, I was shocked that Danya Martin, a major figure in the radical unschooling community (and I wouldn’t even describe myself as a radical unschooler), author of a book I’ve read called ‘Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun’ said in a Jeff Probst TV interview http://www.jeffprobst.com/posts/2644_meet_a_mother_that_s_unschooling_her_kids/index.html that she sleeps easy at night because her kids pass standardized tests! I shouldn’t think my very bright two kids could! They haven’t been taught what is tested on a standardized exam and it’s not the sort of knowledge you can pick up out in the real world. But it sure would assuage my unschooling anxieties, that make me feel so tired (see previous post) and give me backache, if they did! But I am not prepared to spend the time to teach to the test. I don’t want to WASTE their precious time doing this and fortunately I don’t have to reassure ‘You’re ruining my grandchildren’s lives’ parents or grandparents which is an understandable reason for requiring your kids to take annual standardized tests. I’ve message Danya to try and get some clarification the role of standardized tests in her home. I’ll update you with an answer if I get one. What role, if any, do standardized tests/exams, or any other tests for that matter, play in your unschooling household?
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