I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about philosophy of education. Of how John Holt influenced our homeschool way back when and influenced our high school homeschool and influences me even now.
I keep meaning to write a blog post about community and how simply repeating the word many times during Mass or during a homily does not build community. No, community is built by who we are and what we do.
I keep meaning to write a blog post about all that I am learning about stress and self care and sacraments and life. The help of God’s Grace. He sees us through.
My time is limited, however. So I will instead write a blog post about learning all the time.
Learning all the time. Learning that never stops.
That’s a fruit of unschooling. It may be university holidays, it may be the Christmas and summer break but we still pick up books and experiences and we learn.
We are passionate about learning.
I’m reading, self improvement books and The Happiness Project and Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Experimenting with cooking fresh foods and using what’s to hand. Trying new workouts, fusion workouts. And a new hair colour.
I see sons watching movies for plot and techniques, in preparation for a university course on film. Attending a university summer school in Koine Greek. Reviewing Latin. Practising scales on the piano. Learning new songs for piano and guitar. Learning Portuguese in preparation for WYD and saving like mad to get there. Doing extra work to pay for university textbooks (a family affair). Writing blog posts and short stories. Reading PG Wodehouae and Jerome K Jerome. Watching Tuck Everlasting.
There’s no distinction here between learning and non learning times, between have to and want to. Learning is like breathing.
And that’s the legacy of unschooling. Learning all the time.
It was a goal, when we began unschooling, that the boys see learning as part of life, that they find passions and interests and pursue them and that life not be measured solely by achievements but also by who they are and what they believe, actions portraying what really is inside.
I think we are there. Those passions, that interest in learning and doing and researching and sharing, that is there.
John Holt was right. Children will learn in an environment of learning, with people and places and things, not curriculum.
This is my blog post. Learning all the time.