Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School.. thanks, but no thanks.

all this back to school nonsense shivers me timbers.
people spending boat loads of money on clothes and shoes and supplies, and fee's and pictures and school lunches, fundraisers and on and on and on.
i would much rather spend that money on things my children choose to do.
things that matter now and solely for their benefit.
we'll just sit back and let it all pass us by, avoiding the madness while the only regret is...
not realizing it sooner.

 People will say "How will they learn algebra in the real world?" Is there algebra in the real world? If not, why should it be learned? If so, why should it be separated artificially from its actual uses?

"Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them"

“We ask children to do for most of a day what few adults are able to do for even an hour. How many of us, attending, say, a lecture that doesn’t interest us, can keep our minds from wandering? Hardly any.”
~John Holt~

How you live in the moment affects how you live in the hour, and the day, and the lifetime.

"We who believe that children want to learn about the world, are good at it, and can be trusted to do it with very little adult coercion or interference, are probably no more than one percent of the population, if that. And we are not likely to become the majority in my lifetime. This doesn't trouble me much anymore, as long as this minority keeps on growing. My work is to help it grow. "
~John Holt~

"What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out."

this is the real life.
 we're here, right now,
 enjoy it, live it, be it.
get lost in it...
for no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
~Erica Trent~