Lots of words have been spent on the problem of school bullying and related problems such as students’ general unhappiness, boredom, and cynicism in school. Nobody has found a way to solve these problems, and nobody ever will until we grant children the freedom to quit. The only way to solve these problems, ultimately, is to do away with the coercion.
When children are truly free to walk away from school, then schools will have to become child-friendly places in order to survive. Children love to learn, but, like all of us, they hate to be coerced, micromanaged, and continuously judged. They love to learn in their own ways, not in ways that others force on them. Schools, like all institutions, will become moral institutions only when the people they serve are no longer inmates. When students are free to quit, schools will have to grant them other basic human rights, such as the right to have a voice in decisions that affect them, the right to free speech, the right to free assembly, and the right to choose their own paths to happiness. Such schools would look nothing at all like the dreary institutions we call “school” today."
He’s also written a book on this topic called Free to Learn.
Posted this on my Facebook blog page:
In a perhaps misguided attempt to alleviate some of the guilt I feel for not responding to the *dozens* of emails and Facebook messages I’ve received over the past year, I’m opening my Tumblr ask box (since that seems the easiest way to work things) to questions about unschooling tonight. If you’re curious about something, ask away and I will provide a short response!
Don’t know if anyone will take me up on it, but since I felt like I was up for that tonight, figured I’d let people know. *Shrugs*
— William Upski Wimsatt (via radicalginger)
Oh, I love when the angry-about-unschooling people periodically post stupid comments on my blog/blog FB page/youtube videos, just showing their stupidity.
I was just told “If you don’t [respond by email] then you simply agree that I’m right and you wasted your life away :D”
Um, yeah, you totally just convinced me with your sparklingly original points that I have heard about a thousand times before, I’m not going to respond because now I know I’ve just “wasted my life away” and don;t want to admit it to you, angry internet person.
Or, you know, it could just be because why the fuck would I waste my time responding to nasty people saying ignorant and unoriginal things and demanding I *email them* to “debate”?
I keep finding myself wanting to write a critique of the capitalistic and competitive direction I feel that the unschooling/self-directed learning movement is going in as it’s brought more into the mainstream, but it just seems like such an overwhelmingly large (and not to mention controversial) topic that I just don’t know where to start!
The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling : zenhabits (via guerrillamamamedicine)
Fuck yes, unschooling!