Why? Why what? Why anything—why this. Why that. Why not?

Why do people unschool?
These aren't all from the same place or timeframe, but it's intended to be a little mosaic of the thoughts and circumstances that have led various families to unschooling. —Sandra Dodd

The Five W's
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why
For unschooling, the greatest of those is "Why?"

Go there and see how Rudyard Kipling has been quoted out of context for 100 years.

Thoughts on How to Read, and Why

A Good Question to Ask
When people change directions concerning their children's lives and learning, sometimes they ask what they should do and how they should do it. A better question to ask is "Why?"
photo by John Hooker

Every time you feel the urge to control a choice, you can ask yourself "why?" and begin to question the assumptions (or fears) about children, parenting, learning and living joyfully that you are holding on to.
—Robyn Coburn
photo by Sandra Dodd

Clarify / "Why?"

One of the finest ways to clarify a concept is to explain it to someone else. It’s one thing to passively understand (at least momentarily in short-term memory) how to tie a clove hitch or to make waffles, but to really know the thing you need to have done it so much you can do it while you’re sleepy, in the dark, in a wind storm. Or so much that you could pass the secret skill on to another person. Be prepared for the most important question of all: “Why?"

photo by Sandra Dodd

How will you be?
How will you be, as a parent, and why? What's keeping you from being the way you want to be?
photo by Bea Mantovani

Sandra Dodd, April 2001:

There are some homeschoolers who are so obsessed with the evils of school, the unfairness of some bygone situation or other that they or their children were involved in (or relatives, or friends' kids), that they cannot live a day without reliving that incident, emotional package and all. They obsess on school. They homeschool Because of School. When asked about homeschooling, they talk about school.

That can happen with religion, too. A Profound and Abiding avoidance of religion is still a life lived in the shadow of religion. Religion can ruin a life even if the person doesn't go to church.

If it is horrible, turn away from it and prove that life can be lived purely and sweetly without it. If life is lived in reactionary response to a thing, the thing is still the centerpiece of life and thoughts.

Discussion here and an older part of that is at the link at the top of that page, where it says Archive..., which unfortunately starts in the middle. I'm glad there are still some archives to be found of all that, though!

More "Why" links and thoughts will be added soon (er... or later)