From: Santhy George
Date: September 13, 2011
Joyce, my name is Santhy and I'm from India. My husband and I have two lovely little girls (5 and 1) and we recently got introduced to unschooling. A couple of months back we didn't even know it was possible to homeschool, let alone unschool. Our lives are suddenly and unexpectedly in the midst of a revolution - to put it mildly. I have a long long way to go and am nowhere near where I want to be, but I do know where I want to be, and that is mostly due to you (and Sandra). The radical unschooling philosophy offers the best parenting advice I have ever come across in my whole life (though the most challenging). We are Christians and we are stunned at how all of it is so in line with the teachings of Jesus.We cannot believe it was all there in the Bible and we never really saw it before - we were too caught up in the conventional notions of 'disciplining' children. (Though of course many (most?) Christians will still hold on to that and say this is against the teachings of the Bible. We are in fact in the middle of a long discussion with family/friends over it).
I thought I'd wait a while before writing and thanking you but I can hold it in no longer. Your wise and insightful writing is a HUGE inspiration. I have been recommending your website to anybody who will listen. It is excellent for newcomers like me - neatly laid out with all the topics visible in one page, not at all overwhelming. It addresses most of the questions and doubts a beginner might have. But best of all is the way you write. There is something special about it, I'm trying to put it into words but I can't do it justice. Its non-threatening and soothing. And its so brimming over with wisdom and understanding and compassion and empathy that it makes me want to consider what you are saying, even if it so goes against all I 'know' is true.
I look forward to your posts on the unschooling lists, I know there will inevitably be something for me to take home, whatever the topic. Last week somebody expressed concern over their young children saying "sometimes its ok to murder", and I thought your reply was amazingly wise and so did my husband (and all the friends I copied and sent it to:)). I was wondering why no one on the list commented on it - or maybe they have come to expect it from you:-). I wanted to tell you to save it somewhere on your site, its too precious to get lost in the archives. Its not just what you said, its the way you said it, prefacing most lines with a calm and gentle "it helps to see/think/know....".
You must be so used to people writing and thanking you for the difference you have made in their lives, but I have to say it for myself - I hope you know what a blessing you are to us, and I'm sure countless others. I am so thankful for the internet - this is too radical a concept here and I would never have stumbled across your writing otherwise. And thank you for all the time and effort you invest in putting down your thoughts so that others may learn and benefit - I cannot tell you how much it means to me and my family. Thank you and may God bless you.