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Education

“If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole living being to the world around him, he will be able , in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence to the service of the world.” ~ Rudolph Steiner

“Play is the highest form of research”.~ Albert Einstein

”Formal education will earn you a living, but self education will earn you a fortune.” ~Anonymous

“A primary purpose of school- and this is true for our culture, science and religion as well- is to lead us away from our own experience. The process of schooling does not give birth to human beings- as education should but never will so long as it springs from the collective consciousness of our culture- but instead it teaches us to value abstract rewards at the expense of our autonomy, curiosity, interior lives and time.” ~ Derrick Jensen from a Language Older then Words.

“To teach is to learn twice”. ~ Joseph Joubert

“I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.” ~Albert Einstein

“School has become a fast food restaurant for the mind, complete with the same neon lights and uncomfortable chairs. Blackboards like overhead menus divert the eyes to the illusion of choice. While a cheap, unhealthy substitute to a well balanced diet is quickly consumed. No questions asked, no suggestions taken, the menu remains the same. The person behind the counter has the power and the ability to decide when you will eat. They will only feed you with what is on the menu, and you will only get what you have paid for. Wrapped in throw away paper, like the beat up hand me down textbooks, both are filled with unretainable properties that you cannot digest.” ~David Bugatto

“It is as true now as it was then that no matter what tests show, very little of what is taught in school is learned, very little of what is learned is remembered, and very little of what is remembered is used. The things we learn, remember, and use are the things we seek out or meet in the daily, serious, nonschool parts of our lives.”~ John Holt~ How Children Fail

” I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like to be taught.” ~Winston Churchill

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.” ~Bertrand Russell

“We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyfull of words and do not know a thing.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

” We’ve set up a hierachy where money represents the only index of a person’s value and participation in the good things of our culture. Then, through media, those with capital generate the powerful images that define us. And finally, institutions such as universities produce an endless barrage of knowledge – economic, political, psychological, proclaiming that any understanding outside these confines, such as reverence or nature, doesn’t constitute knowledge.” ~Christopher Manes, Listening to the Land by Derrick Jensen

“The goal of education ought to be to equip people to live well, with faithfulness, love and charity, and to think ecologically.” ~David Orr , Listenning to the Land by Derrick Jensen


2 Responses to Education

  1. A. Giles Ringer

    I havae always been concerned that if my wife and I were to homeschool my children would not be prepared to enter into university if they choose. Or pass highschool or any of the government ciriculum. As you may be able to tell I grew up in the public school systeme and fully entrenched in that style of education and am having a hard time seing around it. We have a 7-5-4 year old and we want to provide them with an education that doesn’t revolve around folloing somone elses script and most importantly incorporating nature. Sorry for the spelling mistakes but any words of advice would be very greatful.
    sincerly Giles

    • Stephanie

      Dear Giles,

      Your concerns are those of all homeschooling parents. We all worry about the success our children will be granted if we follow an off the beaten path education. Although, numerous studies have proven that homeschoolers fair better down the road on test then their school attending peers. I believe from my own experience that it’s the individual time offered to our children that offers them success, we tend to follow their rhythm rather then the prescribed ministry of education curriculum. Each child thrives at each subject on their own time, no two are alike. I have three boys aged 13, 10 and 5. My eldest is in sec.1 (technically if I were to speak to mainstream society) but he is following a unit form learning and going in depth on human physiology, geology, physics, middle ages and renaissance, astronomy, algebra and we will be visiting the golden mean, fibonacci sequences and pi. All these units are interwoven together since they all relate in a way. Homeschooling offers you the opportunity to teach in a sequential manner which offers a much more natural and easier method to retain. Both myself and my husband graduated from public high schools. Isn’t ironic that with our upbringing and education we should be deemed qualified to educate our children, haven’t’ we been through the system and been granted certification yet we do not feel confident enough to teach. What does that say of public education?
      What I would suggest to you is to try it out and see if you like it, give yourself time to adapt, go with the flow of each day and don’t be too hard on yourself. Join a community homeschool coop, there should be one close to you. Remember, there is nobody who knows and understands your child more then yourself. Using love as guidance, you can do no harm. Besides, elementary grades are just that, very basic, it begins to become difficult by high school, so you’ve got time. If by chance you do not feel confident about teaching high school, you’ve already offered a lot by this time. Your children will be very confident and strong to enter high school. I have many friends who have done just that, and the teachers remark their strength and abilities. They truly stand out from their peers. I hope this reply comes of service, good luck in your journey. Stephanie 🙂

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