Monday, February 25, 2008

Good unschooling quote.

As an unschooler you get the usual homeschooling doubts (socializing, of course), but unschoolers have their own unique set of "I could never because..." statements made by relatives, friends and strangers.

One of the most common is "Kids won't learn if you don't make them." A ridiculous statement, but not surprising when you look at our schooling culture and where a person making that statement is coming from. But when you step back and think about it, about how very much a child learns in the five years before schooling begins, about how voracious they are in their appetite for learning, it really does make the statement appear as ridiculous as it is. Something happens in that transition from non-schooling to schooling, something causes those children to think of learning as hard, as unappealing, as something they must be made to do.

On that note, here's the quote, pulled from Our Report Card.

“So many people have said to me, ‘If we didn’t make children do things, they wouldn’t do anything.’ Even worse, they say, ‘If I weren’t made to do things, I wouldn’t do anything.’ It is the creed of a slave. When people say that terrible thing about themselves, I say, ‘You may believe that, but I don’t believe it. You didn’t feel that way about yourself when you were little. Who taught you to feel that way?’ To a large degree, it was school.” ~John Holt

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