Wednesday, June 01, 2011
My Family and Other Animals: A fine model of Unschooling!
Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell (January 7, 1925 – January 30, 1995) was a naturalist,zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. He is remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the brother of the novelist Lawrence Durrell.
What is even more exciting about the movie is that it is an unschooling movie. In my opinion it is an example of unschooling at its best.
Portrayed is a rather eccentric tight-knit family-each member engaged in pursuing their passions and interests.
One quote in the movie that I particularly like from the mother Mrs. Durrell. She says, "If you can control your family you've gone terribly wrong somewhere."
She is kind,supportive of, although mildly interested in the children's (adolescent and young adults) pursuits. Mrs.Durrell is tolerant,non-judgmental; even indulgent -where it matters. She is a comfortable, protective mother. Watch her go after the tutor they have employed for Gerry- when he starts making eyes at her daughter!!!.
Gerry spends ages 10 to 14 in the beautiful island oasis of Corfu -surrounded by his beloved menagerie and supported by family, his brother's friends, and a professor who mentors his interest in animals.
At the end of the movie,on returning to England Gerald says about being made to go to school despite his protests:
I said I liked being half-educated; you were so much more surprised at everything when you were ignorant.