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Updated: 2018-03-22T01:18:52.727-07:00


Wow -- I totally agree with you about the Amish. I...


Wow -- I totally agree with you about the Amish. It's amazing how much learning by example has been denigrated and replaced with learning from experts. I hope that our country never gets to outlawing homeschooling/unschooling because of that.

I think the whole historical trend toward requiring education for kids, and having the state provide it free of charge, was born out of a good impulse. You know, in the 19th century, if you've got 7-year-olds slaving away in a mill or cleaning chimneys, you can see how reformers would want to give them an opportunity for something better, even if their parents disapproved. But now, like you were saying with your son, most kids in this culture will naturally learn what they need to be successful in this life (whatever that means! another post, ha ha!), like reading and math and so on. I think our tendency now is to overvalue the play & study aspect of childhood and to separate kids out from adults, rather than recognizing that they need & want to learn how to become adults like us.

See, I ramble too! I can't help it, so I appreciate it in others, too! :) Thanks for commenting on so many posts -- I want to respond to them all as I steal time while the baby's sleeping.

I can't believe you don't have more comments! This...


I can't believe you don't have more comments! This is great stuff! :)

You said, "I always wonder if these concerned parents and pediatricians and psychologists think we should use flash cards to teach our babies to say "mama" or PowerPoint to present the fundamentals of crawling. Maybe some sort of workshop on clapping or a lecture on blowing spit bubbles?"

ROFLMBO! Yes! People just don't get "natural learning" in our culture! My 8yo taught himself to read before his 4th birthday. All I did was read to him when he asked me to, otherwise he would look at books and sound things out on his own.

Your post also reminds me of our trip to Amish country in Lancaster, PA a month ago. The tour guide told us that the Amish were not "qualified" to teach their own children! The reason.....because they only have an 8th grade education. But wait, their children only go to school through 8th grade as well, yet they are not qualified to teach them the exact same things they learned in school? Doesn't make any ounce of sense to me! Then most of them go on to be some kind of craftsmen or farmer. They really don't even need an 8th grade education for those, although, I'm sure most "uneducated" adults would test at least at an 8th grade level anyway. We all learn through life, every moment, whether we realize it or not!

Okay, I'm rambling again. :)