If our society depends on teachers to save children from falling through the very cracks created by the institution caring for them for the majority of their childhoods, it is far beyond time to awaken as a society to the hard truths.
After the most recent violence and hate in Charlottesville, VA, I expect the next thing I will read are people wringing their hands, asking how do we talk to our kids about this hate and violence? The inter webs are full of theories about false flags, government-for-hire violence as a distraction, and the more obvious … Continue reading Kids Develop Healthy Discernment When Trusted With Reality
Sometimes, the poet paints. This is a guest post created for my friend, upon my request that I be given permission to share. She humbly obliged, and I am most grateful. Published with permission from the author, pictured. The Human Plow all the yesterdays, I had, with a bowed head and meekness, I believed I … Continue reading The Human Plow ~ by Elaine Gee (guest post)
The real issue is whether or not we as humans can go within and cleanse the toxic elements found there from ancient rivers of ancestral existence.
I was sharing a picture of Giant's Causeway (above) in Northern Ireland with its naturally formed hexagonal stones. My unschooled son nonchalantly exacts, "Oh, I heard about that place on YouTube." School and curricula are no match for the mind of a child freely pursuing his passions day in and day out. It's like when MatPat (of Game … Continue reading The Open-ended Rabbit Holes of YouTube and Gaming Instead of Carefully Crafted Curricula
It is the conversation many home schoolers dread. What if the school board looks you up and wants to investigate what your day truly looks like? What if they needle your child?
The authenticity of his perspective and desire to help me focus my own healing is unforgettable. By presenting himself, raw and shattered, in every day seeking wholeness, I saw strength and hope. I suddenly no longer feared ever losing my own child, even though at the same time, the idea of losing my own child is unbearable, still. It is a paradox wrought by survival, and it is survival practiced as compassion that has no choice but to radiate outwardly to bring any coherence to the loss of a vibrant daughter.
I've experienced some lessons in going with the flow that have underscored my belief that what resists, persists, and that when we surrender to flow, we are like the leaf floating carelessly, poetically along the stream. Simple. Eloquent. Beautiful in our imperfections. Where else should that leaf be, but in that moment? I had more … Continue reading Whole Life Learning, Partnership, and Divorce
I wrote this post in response to the ultraviolet campaign to "Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench" for the light sentence handed down to a jock at Stanford convicted of rape, and whose father felt the measly sentence was unjustified because his son only misbehaved for 20 minutes. Note that the judge was also a Stanford graduate. … Continue reading The Silence Inherent in Rape Culture
(This post can also be found at Life Learning Magazine.) A whole life learner, Sean (age 8) has a penchant for drawing comical but outrageous faces. Sometimes they have tiny stick bodies and giant heads. The faces are crazy, and sometimes there is lots of blood, gore, guns, and stabbing knives. Some have crazy amounts … Continue reading Free to Smash His Toys