Beyond changing the curriculum (see end of this post), how about chucking the curriculum, chucking anything that molds children in a way that is not “educare,” not pulling out of their own natures, who they really are.
I.e., let’s start to think of the word “educare” as a politically correct term for authentic education, that which allows and follows the beautiful spiral of each child’s unique unfolding nature. Imagine! Just imagine!
For how incredibly hard this radical idea of unschooling, as distinct from home schooling (with curriculum) is to wrap one’s culturally conditioned mind around, see this interview on the jeffprobst.com show with Dayna Martin.
Here’s Dayna’s website. Here’s her book.
In my heart of hearts, I’ve always been a Radical Unschooler. There is no doubt in my mind that families and our global community would be far healthier if this approach were embraced.
– Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, Author of “The Secret Pleasures of Menopause” and “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom”
Full of brilliant common sense! Mrs. Martin takes us behind the curtain to see in rich detail what alternative education really looks like when it bestows upon its subjects the freedom to choose. Every parent who feels compelled to give their kids into the care of total strangers should read this book.
– John Taylor Gatto, Author of “Dumbing Us Down” and “Weapons of Mass Instruction”