The Five Freedoms
The freedom to see and hear what is here, instead of what should be, was, or will be.
The freedom to say what you feel and think, instead of what you should.
The freedom to feel what you feel, instead of what you ought.
The freedom to ask for what you want, instead of always waiting for permission.
The freedom to take risks in your own behalf, instead of choosing to be only "secure" and not rocking the boat.
- Virginia Satir (reknown family therapist)
This page is about childhood, the education of children, and what children need from us as parents, teachers, and educators.
A few questions we hope to address:
- What do children need from us as parents, teachers, and educators?
- What educational rights should children have, if any, and why?
- What defines a healthy childhood environment?
- What crucial elements create happy, healthy, adjusted, adaptable, competent human beings?
- What crucial elements define your decision to homeschool?
These stories, commentary & vignettes offer a view into how and why we live life without school.
- learning by following my heart and by doing
- feeling accepted and welcomed
- engaged in meaningful work
- peaceful surroundings
- having my private space
- a strong sense of self
- feeling loved
- participating in enjoyable physical activities
- enjoying a healthful lifestyle
- feeling in love with life
- feeling safe
- knowing I make a difference
Stories and Commentary
Crucial Elements, by Shay
I was lucky to have an unconventional youth, during which short periods of my life were defined largely by who I was and what interested me. These were my halcyon days, upon which I still look with pleasure. Some time ago, I made a brief list of the elements that were crucial to these idyllic periods....
Children Have a Right to an Education, by Marsha
Children have the right to an education that fits their unique individual needs, that is full of joy and exploration and free from coercion and stress. Adults have learned that we all have different learning styles and varied strengths and weaknesses....
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