intro’d to Simi here:
but adding page (after adding mmm) because wanting to talk with/about this and such.. (from 2014)..
So what is it then that he dislikes about school? Waking up early, being away from his parents, math worksheets, and many of the rules. The same stuff MMM hated about school, actually. Our kid is a homebody. He hates being away from us. Is the forced time away good for him? I’m not sure about that either, but I think it is, to some extent (*I am really starting to think that a three or four hour school day would be ideal… 6.5 hours is a long time).
unless.. the whole city was the school.. best of both/all.. rp ness.. et al
I’m going to be an advocate for the kids. I’m going to help bring the school up to its full potential.
son ready for early retirement (2014) by Pete
But then he gets a taste of freedom again, like the two-week Christmas holiday that just ended an hour ago, and it reminds him of how much more he enjoys not being in school. Our holiday together was a beautiful blur of late nights, family board games, friends, movie nights, adventures at the creek, sunshine, drawing pictures, and making songs with Ableton Live and elaborate automated buildings in Minecraft. When he realized it was truly over last night, he cried so much that he had trouble getting to sleep.
I can’t blame him, because this feeling about school and organized activites in general tends to run in my side of the family
that side of the family.. is called – humanity..
maté parenting law et al
Some of us just really enjoy our freedom, and we use that freedom for constant learning of the things we really want to learn, and creating the things we really want to create.
actually.. this is all of us..
And I suspect this personality type is common among the Mustachians as well: you don’t have any trouble keeping yourself busy, the only issue is freeing yourself from the busywork that others keep assigning to you.
With so many advantages, it would be a cop-out for me to just leave my son to follow exactly the same path I walked 32 years before him, without at least questioning The Rules.
But all this still leaves the question of how to motivate your very young kid without denying him the benefits of school.
? how to motivate them..? a five year old doesn’t need motivation.. benefits of school..? are we sure about that..?
and guessing your son might get it w his love for ie: hunger games..
Unfortunately, I think that purely hanging around at home would be unsuccessful. We could learn much more quickly, but there are only three of us here – not enough people to provide a truly rounded social education.
exactly.. why it needs to be all of us.. imagine if we
Ideally, we could gather and form communal unschooling environments with five or six cool kids, and the problem would be solved. I could teach them writing and carpentry, you could teach them filmmaking and math, and some of our other friends would handle the sports, physics, chemistry, and whatever else they want to learn. We’d take plenty of field trips as well.
A little more about Simi..she believes in simplicity, self-discovery, lifelong learning, community, and the wisdom that comes with age and experience. Besides the journal that she has kept since 3rd grade and assorted teen angst poetry, she has not written any books. She is not an expert in any one field, but loves to discuss ideas about consumerism, parenthood, creating community, and money in our society. Since retiring in 2004, she has discovered that she has a huge thirst for knowledge. She has spent her retirement primarily navigating motherhood, but has also started multiple new businesses. Her most recent role is that of obsessive Etsy shop owner.