What is "Lazy"?
Ronnie Maier wrote a response to a glancing insult about laziness. It's well worth reading:
On Twitter today, someone referred to unschooling as "the lazy parent's approach to school." The author's username includes "sarcasm," so I didn't take offense. But this opinion of unschooling is one we hear from time to time. It has its roots in the multilayered belief that (1) teaching is hard,
(2) the stuff they teach in school is terribly important but so obscure that no one in the real world is likely to stumble upon it anywhere else, and if they do they won't be able to figure it out on their own, and (3) learning the terribly important things must be insisted upon, enforced, and even coerced.
Peggy Pirro riffed on the whole deal with Lazy. So? My favorite part was
Blame it on the Puritans or the capitalists or the social engineers, but wherever you place the genesis ó maybe itís in Genesis ó I think itís time to call bullshit on the cult of productivity and make-work and let lazy have its due.Her article goes beyond unschoolers and unschooling to quality of life, the economy and retirement.
On my own site here, I have several references to laziness, collected over the years.
There are things about lazy parents, lazy kids, and a rebuttal to an accusation that unschooling is "hedonism gone berserk!!"
Some other references, by various people pro and con, are here:
Homeschooling parents usually say to me "But when left alone, my child will just play videogames all day" or "unschooling is great for a highly self-motivated child, but mine is lazy and needs to be exposed to other things." http://sandradodd.com/unschool/definition.html
The danger of "Lazy" and other thoughts
Phrases to hear and avoid
Words, words, words...
I find my one son getting very lazy and not interested in other activities.
But anything sufficiently interesting will keep one from being interested in other activities. And "lazy" is a very negative picture from the outside. You don't see him moving, but you don't see him learning. I'm guessing (possibly wrongly!) that you aren't looking for learning very hard because you've already decided it's lazy and the absence of other (better) activities.http://sandradodd.com/t/debate
Won't they end up lazy?
Do they expect other people to make their life good?
In response to that question posed at a conference, I shared information about Kirby's work resume.