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Dropout, or burnout

How sad but true; children with BURNOUT! Here is a quote from” Wikipedia regarding a criticism of the school system and its “subjects”:
“many subjects have been taught too early to students and this has helped cause burnout in school children.”

Is it definable?

What is unschooling?

Free encyclopedia now available!

Just your typical cybercafe

Just your typical cybercafe

What a fantastic unschooling time we live in; information about anything we can think to question at the stroke of a button. Did you know Wikipedia is a not-profit organization? I believe it is one of the most worthy causes out there; it’s free and available to anyuone with access to the internet. From a Morcccan desert internet cafe to a smart phone in Central Park, thanks to Wikimedia Foundation we all have our own personal Encyclopedia. Here is where you can donate: Wikimedia

Finding my way by following

So this little one loves the process, but not the product. She wants to make tea but not drink it, or cook an egg but not eat it. And so instead of getting frustrated as I throw out or attempt to consume so much, I’ve decided to channel her energy and desire to do/make/learn. It finally occurred to me to instead of just asking if she was actually planning to eat it what she wanted to make, and instead of saying no because i know she isn’t going to, that I could redirect that towards something productive and thus have a secondary positive lesson in that she could also see her efforts benefiting others. Tonight, I suggested to her that when she doesn’t actually want something but wants to make something, she could say something like, “mummy, can i make a tea for you?” if not this, then I can think of something I need to make that she can actually help with. I wonder, how could this principle apply in other situations in an unschooling life, so that encouragement and learning can continue rather than be shut down? And how can I recognize my mistakes sooner?!

Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. It truly is the mother of mastery.

Masters of our own destiny, it just takes practice, practice, practice. How inspiring! Does disciplined practice arise naturally for unschoolers from their internally-motivated desire to learn? And more importantly, does mastery equate to greater fulfillment?
What makes Tiger Woods great? What made Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett the world’s premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told Fortune not long ago, he was “wired at birth to allocate…

Inspirational People – Muhammed


Just your typical polyglot

Our friend, the kind and gentle Tuareg camel guide Muhammed, speaks his indigenous language, Berber, Arabic, French, English, Spanish and some of many other international languages including Japanese. He grew up in a tent in the Saharan desert and never attended school.

Inspirational People – Little People

Unschooled Vet

The veterinarian at work.

Having a child will beat one’s apathy to a pulp! Here is my little Veterinarian, and my inspiration, performing an operation on her very patient patient, the family dog.

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