Friday, August 27, 2010
I'm no expert. In fact, I've only been at this unschooling thing a short time, relatively speaking. So really, what do I know? I know what I've seen and who I've seen. Many of those things and people are amazing. But really, I'm flying by the seat of my pants, closing my eyes and jumping or simply doing my best to have faith that this will work.
For me it takes less faith to believe that this will work than having faith that school would work. I hear all the time about the school system failing. I hear about bullying in schools and the sometimes fatal outcomes. I hear about second graders who think they're fat or their hair color isn't right or they don't have the right clothes. Is this the best I can give my daughter?
I'm going to put myself out there just a little bit more with this next statement. We homeschoolers/unschoolers hear all the time "Oh, I could never do that!" with a tone of disapproval. We are expected to listen, take it in and not be at all offended. So many times I have wanted to turn it around when someone tells me that they send their kids to school.
Okay, this post has taken a whole different direction than I originally intended. The bottom line is that to live this life you have to have faith and you have to have trust. Believe me, there are days that I don't. That hasn't happened for a while. You see, I'm riding this comfortable little wave now. Princess can read and has been reading since she was 5. I have been able to see the value in everything she does. I am amazed by the things she learns everyday and from everything. I know that I will likely have days where I panic and wonder what the hell we're doing. But for today, I know this works. Maybe on a panic day I will look back at this post and find my way through the fear. Yes, even this Jewish Atheist can have faith.