The Liebster Blog Award

I am both delighted and honoured to have received the Liebster Blog award from Elizabeth Godwin of 365 Days of Inspiration. Thank you so much!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and is a great way to bring attention to other worthwhile blogs and bloggers.  This is a pay-it-forward award and the rules are:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to his or her blog

2. Copy and paste the “Liebster Blog Award” icon into your post

3. Pass the award on to your fellow bloggers and let them know you did so

[Liebster, by the way, is German (n.) and means: sweetheart, beloved person, darling.]

Here are the  blogs I am passing the award to:

Meaning of Strife: thought-provoking perspectives on life and the wisdom contained within the Bible

Jaclyn Rae’s Blog: a beautiful, honest, inspiring and uplifting blog that touches me at the deepest level of the soul

Not Back To School Camp

What an inspiring video! It is my intention to create something similar to this for homeschoolers and unschoolers in the UK. If you feel drawn to assist or support me in any way, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Valid questions

When will I ever need to know this in real life?

Why do I have to study Shakespeare?

Why do I have to ask permission to use the toilet?

What have my clothes and hairstyle got to do with my learning?

What is the point of homework?

Why am I not allowed to talk in class?

Why can’t I eat when I’m hungry?

Why can’t we spend more time outdoors?

What’s the point of tests and exams? 

Do children not deserve honest answers to these questions? Young people are struggling to make sense of an education system built on industrial age principles when they are growing up in the post-industrial age of information. If we are unable to answer the above questions, then — for the sake of the evolution of the human species — isn’t it about time we gave them some serious consideration?

The children posing these questions aren’t being rude, disruptive or inappropriate. They are exercising their critical thinking skills. Far from silencing them and dismissing their insightful questions with ignorant responses such as “Because it’s in the test” or “Life’s unfair so get used to it”, should we not be encouraging more questions?

These children are questioning the underlying assumptions that hold the prevailing education system (and the society that it perpetuates) in place. As children, that is their job. Our job, as adults, is to listen.

Comparing assumptions

PREVAILING PARADIGM OF EDUCATION

  • The rational mind is more important than the intuitive mind
  • Education = school
  • Learning = being taught (in classes)
  • Conformity is more important than individuality and creativity
  • Children must be forced to learn
  • Proficiency in a given subject is dependent on age (the younger the better)
  • Motivation = praise and reward
  • Prescribed curriculum required (to cover “the basics”)
  • Adults are superior to children (clear distinction between teacher and student)
  • Children are best processed in batches (according to age)
  • The “experts” (parents, teachers, doctors, psychologists, scientists, etc.) always know best
  • Teacher = qualified professional
  • Tests and exams measure degree of mastery in a given subject
  • Failure is bad
  • A child who chooses not to attend college or university has limited job prospects
  • Talking interferes with teaching and learning
  • Play is a reward once work is done
  • Purpose of education = to get a job (to pay the bills)

Key words:

  1. Fear
  2. Control
  3. Ego
  4. External world
  5. Facades
  6. Efficiency

EDUSPIRE PARADIGM OF EDUCATION

  • The intuitive mind is a sacred gift; the rational mind its faithful servant
  • Education = Learning = Life
  • Every child is a unique individual with unlimited creative potential
  • Children can be trusted (human beings are innately curious)
  • Proficiency in a given subject is dependent on level of interest alone (age is irrelevant)
  • Self-motivation is the most important ingredient for learning
  • Every choice and every experience presents an opportunity to learn
  • Adults and children are equals and co-learners
  • Unrestricted age mixing promotes growth in all members of the group
  • A child’s inner teacher always knows best
  • We are all teachers because we are all setting an example for others
  • The role of the parent/educator is to facilitate the natural unfolding of a child’s learning
  • Degree of mastery in a given subject is a subjective evaluation made by the learner
  • Failure = Feedback (mistakes offer the richest learning opportunities)
  • College/university is one path; all educational paths are equally valid
  • Talking is ripe with opportunities to learn
  • Play is part-and-parcel of the learning process
  • Purpose of education (life) = to be yourself

Key words:

  1. Love
  2. Trust
  3. Heart
  4. Internal world
  5. Authenticity
  6. Effectiveness