“What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise…” Mister Rogers

“What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise–his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.” From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 621-623). I think this quote would really resonate with a lot of homeschoolers, and I think especially unschoolers – the idea that what really matters in life is what sort of people we are and that therefore our job as parents is to guide our kids to be people who are as good to others and to the world as possible – as Mr. Roger evidently was.

Growing up in the UK I unfortunately was never introduced to Mr. Rogers and his children’s programmes. I still have never seen one. Having read this article on the wonderfully named ‘Mental Floss’ blog, I should look them up on Youtube. 

It’s interesting that I came across this link in the same week as another of his quotes was cited quite widely, in the context of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Mental Floss has it as their point number 6 ““When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.” From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 645-647). I think this is a lovely, positive way to look at the world in general and I would sure hope myself and my family would be these kinds of helpers. I genuinely think homeschooling gives this outcome a much better chance. Not having to face the often cut throat world of school gives kids more chance to learn to be kind and cooperative I think. Being surrounded by adults modelling this behaviour is one of the most effective ways.

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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