The Five W's
Follow-up Notes to HSC's Unschooling Symposium, October 2013
The five W's
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why
Rudyard Kipling:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
That part of a longer poem has been used out of context for over a hundred years. The full poem is below, and is associated with "The Elephant's Child."
It was first published in 1900, and was part of the collection Just So Stories, in 1902. This scan is from a 1912 edition.

It is said to refer to his daughter, Josephine, who was born December 29, 1892, in Vermont, so she might have been seven when the poem was written.
The best intro to unschooling ever, an e-mail series created by Pam Laricchia, free, arrives in order one every three or four days for a few weeks:
Exploring Unschooling eMail Series
Help on my site (links to many articles for new unschoolers): http://sandradodd.com/help

Other links:
Logic and unschooling

Twenty Questions, with some explanation and links to games you can play against a computer online.

Daily quote, link and photo, easy to subscribe to: Just Add Light and Stir

Why "screentime" is a problem (and why the word should not be used, unless one also uses "cloth time," paper time" and "door stuff"): Screentime

from a blog called Raising Miro on the Road of Life, 24 Core Questions for Self-Directed Learners- ANSWERED
It's a set of responses to 5-W questions they found on yet another blog. :-) Their "Why?" is only lightly answered, because (inefficiently), the original set contained the question "What are my goals?" (which strikes me as the heart of "why?")

Q&A from October 2013

Things asked at the symposium that could use links:

Are video games addicting? Addiction (some science, some logic, some experience), Obsession, focus, single-mindedness, and more about Video Games in general. Also see Violence

Pam Sorooshian's article on Economics of Restricting TV Watching of Childrenk

The balance between these two is the perfect place to be. Just Do It, but do it gradually.
Gradual Change and the complementary Do It: If you're going to unschool, do it now and do it well.

More might be added during or after the symposium.