Read Julia’s post on learning principles.
Julia is quoting the book A Thomas Jefferson Education and is discussing four of the seven learning principles apparently mentioned in the book –
2) Inspire, not require
3) You, not them
4) Structure time, not content
Now, I am not sure I agree fully with these principles. Each has value but so does part of the opposite principle. For example, while I aim to inspire , I also see no harm in requiring, sometimes. And I am not sure about NOT structuring content – there is definitely some content that I’d like to run past my children. Plus, I am fond of the idea of children ( sometimes?) structuring their own time – a learning time happening at any time.
However, the principles, and Julia’s informative posts, are making me think.
Reading these sorts of ideas keeps me on my toes, educationally speaking.
And that is important for a mother-educator, don’t you think?