It’s Not All Fun and Games

April 20, 2010 § 5 Comments

But MOST of it is, what’s wrong with that?

That’s my ever so eloquent and intelligent rebuttal to the recent GMA segment on Unschooling.

You can watch it and then read a much better commentary @ Childs Play’s blog.  Where as I cop out with a snarky and reactionary one liner, she gives a point by point redress that’s inspiring.  Go read it now…I’ll wait.

Today we were working on our puppet show project.  Daughter is fast learning that a production, even a small one like this, is more about the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.  It can take weeks just to get everything ready for a twenty minute gig.

Still, she is as excited today as she was when we first talked about doing it.

In fact, I’m watching her passion for this project grow daily as she conquers every challenge she faces, especially the small ones.  From finding the perfect size box for a backdrop, to writing a really funny bit for the script, to building her own props there is joy in what she is doing.

Moreover she gets to decide for herself how much time she spends working on it.  There are no 40-minutes-until-art- class-is-over restrictions. There is no deadline nor is there any pressure of it being graded at the end.

Right now she’s learning that what she has to do, even though it’s not all as much fun as she hoped, to meet her own ends is way more enjoyable, and has more purpose, than doing something just to meet someone else’s expectation.

Isn’t that what “free thinker” means?

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§ 5 Responses to It’s Not All Fun and Games

  • Cate says:

    Am thrilled that the daughter is really enjoying her project. It’s so cool to see them get fired up with learning!

    Am off to read those links now – although I’ll probably get all fired up myself!

  • Shady Lady says:

    It is such a cool project and it totally rocks that your daughter is digging it!! Fabulous!!

    As for GMA, meh. Their portrayal of unschooling was pitiful.

  • MrCrow says:

    I didn’t actually focus on the GMA portion – was more focused on the happy, smiling kids with non-stressed out parents.

    The GMA portion of the interview was a typical inside-the-box don’t-break-the-mold, don’t-rock-the-boat, don’t-think-for-yourself view on soemthing that actually works (and as a result might actually break THEIR system).

    Homeschooling rocks.
    Unschooling will change the world (one kid at a time)

  • Shady Lady says:

    Go MrCrow!! Love your silver lining!!

  • Sheri says:

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    And I agree with Shady about MrCrow’s perspective. Very enlightened. 🙂

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