>>>I'm sorry I had such a strong reaction in the first place. There had been several instances in the past week and some of people grasping for odd reasons to "prove to me" that unschooling wasn't working, and I was having a weary moment.<<<

Sandra must be the Energizer Bunny. I don't have as much interest in
responding to food threads. The simple concept of monkey platters is
lot of inspiration to go on and experiment with. Here are the links


Sandra even had a festival on the theme of monkey platters:

There's lots more about eating on Sandra's website: http://sandradodd.com/food

Questions about food, such as which kinds and how much and what's
healthy are personal preferences and opinions which really can't be
answered very directly by unschooling.

Other than to say offer don't refuse. That's my saying to counter
sayings like "don't offer-don't refuse" and other ideas we wouldn't
want leveled at ourselves but that children are often at the mercy of.
Be generous. Treat children as special guests and revered friends not
adjuncts to or extensions of parents.

Any time this list is about what's healthy or how much or exactly what
to feed children, it's easy to mix food ideas into the unschooling and
make decisions about eating apply to the unschooling itself. Sometimes
that confuses issues and has readers thinking that decisions about
eating are decisions about unschooling-- which they are on an
individual level. On the larger level of an unschooling list though,
the discussion about eating can't honestly be a poll about how to eat
right or well or better or whatever someone's goal for eating is.

The confusion about what the list is for --unschooling discussion--
often confounds list discussions which include talk of food or
sleeping or routines, and then quickly devolve into some sort of bid
for a poll or vote on what's the thing the original poster is to do.
Coming to a consensus about personal preferences is not what this list
is about.

Someone said something not too long ago asking about how to unschool
food. That's an odd phrase. It isn't the food that gets unschooled.
Putting it that way seems to me like shorthand for "making unschooling
agree with parental food ideas." And from everything I've read which
says how unschooling works, that really isn't what unschooling is.


Sandra Dodd

-=-Sandra even had a festival on the theme of monkey platters:

I'm having another such gathering next month, because Julie Daniel and her family are going to be visiting from England:

(not so much monkey platters, but still there will be museums and food)


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