Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Unschooling Credo

Manisha and I were discussing our core beliefs about unschooling and we came up with a few:
  • Humans - children and adults alike - are curious and learning creatures, and we learn through living.
  • Children are the owners and architects of their own lives. Our job as parents is to act as coaches and facilitators.
  • Having an interesting life is the main goal - learning is a by-product.
  • There isn't a body of knowledge that everybody must know.
  • Anyone can learn anything at any time; nothing has to be learned by a certain age.
  • Learning is not about memorizing facts; it's about making connections.
  • Everything is connected with everything else; the division of knowledge into "subjects" (especially at school-level) is for the convenience of the school system. Subjects do not exist in real life.

These beliefs about learning are based in turn on a couple of meta-beliefs:

  • It's an abundant and friendly universe - you can have an interesting, happy, rich (in all senses of the word) and successful (as you define it) life.
  • Unschooling is about self-actualization in the ultimate analysis. The "quest" is to have an interesting, happy, rich, successful life.

This is a work in progress. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments, criticisms.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ron R said...

I like it.

7:35 PM

 
Anonymous Sharon said...

I like your philosophy. As I Am currently unschooling 6 yr old son, will be following yr blog for more inspiration.

6:49 PM

 
Blogger Anu said...

Manisha and Manoj,
Unschooling or not, I think these are wonderful credos to live by. I hope I will be able to remember and use them when the opportunity arises.
Hope the kids are doing well.
- Anu Subramanian

7:23 AM

 

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