Friday, September 17, 2010
Unschooling- Compassion for the schooled mind
It's an exciting time for unschooling. More and more people are getting to know about this strategy of learning/educating, as mainstream media begins to catch up with a movement that has for the most part, been underground.
But it is apparent that unschooling is a shock to the institutionalized mind. It really is. It's viewed by many as a fantasy, la-la land that only a kook would be fool enough to try. I mean, 'Saturday' every day?
You have only to read the comments in the Globe and Mail article to see how outraged people get over it. And I suspect that it might have something to do with the fear that if this works, then "why did I have to go through a system that might have turned me out the poorer for it? "
School and schooling have had such a fundamental hold on the unquestioning mind that to question that 'truth,' that 'given of the natural order of things' is akin to challenging the belief that the earth was the center of the whole universe back in the medieval age. You didn't.
But the wonderful thing about people is that we do question. We do challenge. We do try different ways to attain our goals. We do exercise our creativity and innovation. This unique quality is what makes us learning animals-human beings.
So you who are knew to unschooling, take heart. It might be difficult at first, but the more you read about unschooling, the more you talk to unschoolers, the easier it will get. I guarantee you, you will feel refreshed; surprised for certain.
Unschoolers are people who have the good fortune to explore what makes them tick. Perhaps this might make a 'school-dependent' mind cringe-and maybe feel a tad resentful.
But it is an approach to life that can easily be injected in any situation-so those of you who are 'unschooled challenged' fear not!
Unschooling is grand, and generous. It 'contains multitudes.' It accepts differences. Lighten up; allow the wisdom of unschooling to come into your life.