I don't remember exactly what my day had been like to prompt me to write this out, but I know it was written during our first year of homeschooling. It is something I still turn to if I need to remind myself of what it is that we're trying to accomplish in this crazy journey.
So you don't have to get out a magnifying glass to decipher my handwriting, it says:
What is my philosophy of education?
That learning is possible anytime, anywhere, forever
That there is nevertheless a body of knowledge that must be absorbed:
- world history
- world geography
- general science
- that has to be learned
- questioning, critiquing, categorizing, connecting>analyze
- expressing the ideas in clear organized fashion, speaking writing,
- logic, then and Latin added as subjects.
each day? week? year?
These thoughts that I jotted down one night still resonate 10 years later. I still struggle with balancing my unschooling impulses -- I believe wholeheartedly that learning is a life long endeavor and works best when not structured -- with my pragmatic side that recognizes the need for teaching and refining skills. This has been the method to my madness.
Did I succeed? Are my kids successful? Well, yes, they are as a matter of fact.
Did I fail in some things? Well, world geography isn't a strong suit of theirs, in spite of my best efforts. Latin? Yeah, well, choose your battles. And a fellow homeschool mom gave me grief recently (in a teasing way) because my 14yo didn't know who Benedict Arnold was. I figure he at least knows how to use Wikipedia and NOT to use it as a source in a research paper.