Unschooling Very Well
by Sandra Dodd, Saturday August 4, 2012
at the HSC conference
Below is the dump of my notes. I don't "write a speech" and read it. I make an outline with a few quotes and speak. There ended up being no recording of this talk, so... sorry you'll need to guess. :-)
I've enlivened the links, and my whole site is about unschooling well, so anyone unfamiliar with it might want to have a look around there.
Unschooling Very Well
Always Learning (intro to the Always Learning discussion list on yahoo; very serious discussion)
Always Learning Live Symposium December 27-30, 2012
Pam Laricchia's book Free to Learn, and business cards
Choices (who was there? If some weren't, review briefly)
Getting warm, getting cold.
What really matters?
What is the purpose of unschooling?
- peace and safety
- ability to travel
replacement for private school
BIG DEAL like owning a yacht
How will I know what's important?
If joy and optimism seem stupid, don't even try to unschool until after you've gotten some therapy or made direct strides toward recovering from the sooty veil of negativity. Children won't benefit from a life guide who is sure he or she is smarter than all the rest of the world. Arrogant certitude prevents learning.
Time Out, September 14, 2013:
Am I doing enough?
BIG DEAL like building a solar home
buying the book isn't enough, you need to own the land and have resources (personal, financial)
How much IS enough?
I'm quoting this in Just Add Light and Stir, so I figured I should add a couple of links. "Some therapy" sources are listed here: /issues/therapyBack to August 4, 2012
and this might help: "When Parents Have Issues"
About "the sooty veil of negativity," it's a serious and deadly (to unschooling) disease: Negativity
What SHOULD I be doing as an unschooling parent?
- Planning to do the minimum
- Competitive unschooling
- Sufficient unschooling
How do they learn without a teacher?
- Better than school
- Making memories
Will they learn what they need to learn?
- How do people learn WITH a teacher?
- Why? (Personal interest, or time-filling, or performance for reward)
How do THEY know what to learn?
- Nobody knows.
- Do kids at school learn what they need to learn?
"Need" for what purpose?
- test taking?
- making university courses simpler?
- getting jobs?
- Being successful in jobs?
- Marriage and reproduction? (yes, in India)
HMS Pinafore 1878
"And I copied all the letters in a big round hand."
128 years passed
Kirby Dodd, 2006 pizza, phone orders
MORE ON UNSCHOOLING WELL, Coming to a leisurely symposium not so far from you:
Always Learning Live Unschooling Symposium, December 27-30, 2012, Albuquerque
Rose Sorooshian, Joyce Fetteroll, Pam Sorooshian, Jill and Luke Parmer and me! ALL three of my kids will be there: Kirby, Marty and Holly, and will be on a panel, and hanging out. My husband will even be there. Feel free to come and meet them and check them out. See if they're weirdos.
Food and fun.
Other things this all reminds me of:
Precisely How to Unschool
Seeing and avoiding
How Learning Works
My other HSC 2012 presentations:
Happiness Inside and Out (with a sound file)
Deschooling (sadly, no sound file)
Why Radical Unschooling? (Sound!)