One family's quest to learn together
This is a wonderfully informative post by Laura Grace Weldon on self directed learning, providing a source of wisdom to parents like myself who are new to natural learning. Her post is beautifully written, a gentle reminder that it’s OK to let go and trust that our children will thrive when we, their parents, learn to transcend the school mindset.
School-like instruction has been around less than a fraction of one percent of the time we humans have been on earth. Yet humanity has thrived. That’s because we’re all born to be free range learners. We are born motivated to explore, play, emulate role models, challenge ourselves, make mistakes and try again—continually gaining mastery. That’s how everyone learns to walk and talk. That’s how young people have become capable adults throughout history. And that’s how we have advanced the arts, sciences, and technology. In the long view, school is the experiment.
But it’s hard to see beyond the school mindset because most of us went to school in our formative years. So when we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that model (found also in daycare, preschool, kids’ clubs, and enrichment programs) aren’t necessarily beneficial. Narrowing…
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