Sunday, January 15, 2012

Geography without maps

As far as I know, the best way to know that deschooling has happened is that kids start asking you (or telling you) cool things, trivial things, that they might have learned in school if they had gone, or maybe that would be in books clearly marked "science" or "history," and they're no longer avoiding school subjects (if they went to school).

Or if the kids never went to school, it's when the parents can see math without numbers, and language without writing, and "writing" without handwriting, and history without kings and wars and dates, and geography without maps.
photo by Sandra Dodd


  1. Sorry for the "the" instead of "they" typo in the mailing. The quote was cut straight from last Wednesday's chat on the stages of unschooling.

  2. Beautiful. And I'm seeing this in my children, nearly two years after taking them out of public school. Adults come to them with comments (trying to be cool?) about how awful school is, and both kids look at them quizzically and say, "we like it". Of course, school looks like creating a Minecraft server and writing fan fiction, and creating dioramas of one's favorite beach. :-)


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