Recently I followed a link to a blog that had taken a pretty hard stance against unschooling. The blog author had read an essay written by a teenager who was urging parents to consider their child’s feelings and interests and she considered his essay to be “horseshit”. I’m not providing any links because she has gotten enough attention already but I was fairly shocked by the things she wrote there. Mostly because I’m a live-and-let-live kind of person. My purpose in life is not to call bullshit (or horseshit as the case may be) on someone’s method of raising or educating their children. Now, if you’re beating the hell out of your kids then that’s a different ball game but for the most part, I support a parent’s choice in what’s appropriate for their own children. I’m not going to say, “Oh so-and-so is not a real unschooler or classical homeschooler” or whatever because they don’t follow every tenet set down by the “experts” on the topic. I just don’t understand the reason for people feeling so threatened by radical unschooling and the vitriol it inspires. We’re a lot less radical than most but do implement some of those beliefs in our daily lives and have found a rhythm that works quite well for us. I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t personally offended by the “horseshit” comment made by the other blogger. To each her own but, please don’t judge me or my lifestyle if you’re ignorant about what it entails.
In other news, we had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here. Sean finished up his exams and has a week off before school starts again. He’s 15% through his MBA course! 🙂 On Sunday, the boys and I went down to the park with my sister, brother-in-law, and my niece for a scavenger hunt and boy, was that fun! Before we left, the grownups made lists for the kids to use and then we were off searching for wild strawberries, caterpillars, cocoons, buttercups, butterflies, trees with split trunks, and the list goes on and on. It was fun for all of us and made our walk a little bit deeper in context than it normally would have been. We found ourselves really looking at the world around us and discovering things that weren’t on the list at all. It was a great way to spend some time together. Later that night, we cooked out together and stayed up late talking politics and then some silliness and it felt so good to laugh until my sides hurt. I’m really lucky to have my sister as my best friend and to have her living so close to me. We all get along really well and it just makes me feel happy when we’re all together like that.
Yesterday, we all got up and went to the Natural Science Center and then picked up Chick-fil-a and took it to a park for a picnic. It was a park that is in a neighborhood that my sister and I grew up in and it’s fantastic. Nothing terribly different about it but the green space there seems endless and the boys love to run around in the grass like nobody’s business. We don’t have much grass in our yard. It made me wish we lived closer to that park (there is a house for sale there) so the boys could walk out the door and head out to a huge field to play. I know they’d love it. It would mean having a slightly smaller home but I don’t think that would be such a big deal. Heck, I can barely take care of the one we have now so smaller could be a blessing. LOL
And since every post feels lonely without a photo here are a few for you:
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend wherever you spent it and thank you for patiently putting up with this meandering post! LOL