My son visited a local blacksmith today to make “paper swords” — letter openers fashioned from a steel nail, with a pal who is also now an unschooler.
I owe so much of the logistics leg work of being able to have my son at home and outdoors and free, out of the mini-prison camp of public schools, to my wife. Ideologically I turned her on to the whole thing, but since we have started our unschooling journey, she has faced principals, dealt with setbacks, and given innumerable hours to making freedom from the traditional inept and abusive societal setup a reality for my son. While I was working today, she took him to the blacksmith. Was delighted when I saw the pictures.
For those not familiar with unschooling, it simply means letting children follow their own interests, learning as they go, with the role of parents or “teachers” as mere facilitators of the child’s natural quest for knowledge. Contrary to what some say, all kids want to learn to achieve purposes which have deep meaning to them as individuals. Schools interfere and effectively — and ironically — teach the dark lesson that nothing is worth spending too much time on (after all, the bell has rung and it’s time to move on to something else disjointed from your own personal quest for meaning), and that all answers must come from an authority figure who is not to be questioned.
To learn more look up these guys: A.S. Neill/Summerhill, John Holt (who coined the term “unschooling”), and John Taylor Gatto. All of these guys walked the walk and busted right through tired assumptions and stereotypes about education. They also actually worked with kids, and rejected the warped, traditional, authoritarian models for learning.
When we started out, we didn’t have much of a social circle, as most kids go to school, often with both parents working during the day. I simply started reaching out everywhere I could. There were some connections with others that didn’t work, but through persistence — and thanks in part to the covid psyop bringing some intelligent, awake, and aware folks to the forefront — we now enjoy a small circle of folks basically on the same page when it comes to not subjecting our children to indoctrination, intentional and habitual cognitive ineptitude, and abuse. No masks, no mystery heart attack juice, and no idiot teachers with little compassion for children, who do not understand critical thinking.
It’s a bumpy road, but one that has been well worth it. When I get to hug my son at home whenever I want, talk with him about the various ways one can solve a math problem not shown in the school workbooks he has, and see him enjoying real-life, meaningful things like his visit to the blacksmith today, I know I have made the right choice. I can’t imagine other parents being okay with only seeing their children basically at night and on weekends. Some kids do say they like school, and I try to not judge there, because each individual likes what they like. Parents also have unique circumstances. I understand.
That said, things are getting to the point of no return, in regard to mandated vaccines (see the recent news about the covid jab in the U.S.), muzzling kids at schools, and modern anti-human and anti-life cultural lunacy spreading like wildfire. There are ways to make the unschooling lifestyle a reality for your family. I just want to encourage you, and urge you to consider it before it’s too late.
After all, what’s more important than our kids?
(Feature image photo by Ricardo Cruz on Unsplash. All other photos original)