Why am I an unschooler? I think because of my crazes and passions.
I learn via current crazes. I get interested in something and before long, it is a passion – I follow up, find little rabbit trails to explore, read/talk about the interest, share with others, collect more stuff to add to the craze…I see connections…
And, since I see how learning is connected and see how my fitness passion, for example, has lead to reading about fitness and nutrition and body image, to sharing my passion with family members and friends and friends online, how I read and research and learn more – well, I can see how my children can learn through unschooling. Not necessarily through subjects but through passions, crazes, connections.
Of course, some things may not come up in a craze or passion. Some things need to be strewed, need to be shared, in order to provide exposure to skills and to concepts. Some things need to be modelled – I am thinking of virtues here. And we need to allow opportunites to arise for kids to develop and apply these virtues, for example. Apply them to their learning. Their life.
Finally, some things may be have tos.
But, in unschooly fashion, the list of have tos becomes less when life is strewn, is connected wth learning, is lived via interests. Passions. Crazes. Addictions.
Yes, I am guilty of addictions. My current addiction is the old Battlestar Galactica. I have watched the TV series with the fam, we have talked about acting, plot, language, sci fi, genre, characters, concepts of space travel, sets and props, TV then and now. We have researched BG on the web. I am hoping to buy BG 1980 on DVD. I see Starbuck and Apollo lookalikes everywhere..I’ve formed a Get Rid of Muffet Club.. We have talked about sexism, about life in the 1970s, and about connotations and colloquial language ( Holy frack, as Starbuck would say).
So, I have added BG to my Numbers and Dr Who and fitness and Singstar and celebrating-the-liturgical-year and Life On Mars and reading-about-education addictions.
Could be worse.