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January 15, 2009



Excellent advice. I do lists in my head too. And, yeah, perfect word for it 'the beast' of doubt.

jennifer breseman

This really spoke to me right now. I wonder if there are certain times of the year (September and January come to mind) when unschoolers are particularly prone to doubt. The lists are a great idea. I also get a lot of comfort from reading the stories of grown, or almost grown unschoolers.


I tend to doubt myself in September when all of the other mothers are busy sending their children to 'real' school or my school at home friends are organizing all of the beautiful curriculum they bought for their children. And again in January when all of my kids' friends are back in school. I also feel the doubt creep back up in April when we do our state mandated testing. I am always so relieved to get the results back. As if that proves I've done my job well enough according to someone's opinion in academia. It always reminds me of all of that fear that was placed in my head so long ago by public school teachers. The fear that they actually held the key to knowledge and that I couldn't get to it, with out them....how silly. Thank you Becky for that great article! Pacify the beast!


Thanks for this- I needed it.

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